So, we now know most of which films will screen in the two major competitions at Cannes this year, and a few out of competition titles as well (including one huge shock for me). Here’s the list in full — great to see The Beaver, and a host of huge-name directors in competition like Von Trier, Almodovar and Miike — and you can expect my commentary to follow soon.

Opening Film

  • Midnight In Paris (dir. Woody Allen)

Out of Competition

  • The Beaver (dir. Foster)
  • La Conquete (dir. Xavier Durringer)
  • The Artist (dir. Hazanavicius)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (dir. Rob Marshall)

In Competition

  • The Skin I Live In (dir. Pedro Almodovar)
  • L’Apollonide – Souvenirs de la maison close (dir. Bertrand Bonello)
  • Hearat Shulayim (Footnote) (dir. Joseph Cedar)
  • Pater (dir. Alain Cavalier)
  • Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia) (dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
  • Le gamin au vélo (dir. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
  • Le Havre (dir. Aki Kaurismäki)
  • Hanezu no Tsuki (dir. Naomi Kawase)
  • Sleeping Beauty (dir. Julia Leigh)
  • Polisse (dir. Maïwenn)
  • The Tree of Life (dir. Terrence Malick)
  • La source des femmes (dir. Radu Mihaileanu)
  • Ishimei (Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai) (dir. Takashi Miike)
  • Habemus Papam (dir. Nanni Moretti)
  • We Need to Talk about Kevin (dir. Lynne Ramsay)
  • Melancholia (dir. Lars Von Trier)
  • Drive (dir. Nicolas Winding Refn)

Un Certain Regard

  • Restless (dir. Gus Van Sant)
  • Martha Marcy May Marlene (dir. Sean Durkin)
  • The Hunter (dir. Bakur Bakuradze)
  • Halt auf freier Strecke (dir. Andreas Dresen)
  • Hors Satan (dir. Bruno Dumont)
  • Les neiges du Kilimandjaro (dir. Robert Guédiguian)
  • Skoonheid (dir. Oliver Hermanus)
  • The Day He Arrives (dir. Hong Sangsoo)
  • Hong Sangsoo (dir. Cristián Jiménez)
  • Tatsumi (dir. Eric Khoo)
  • Arirang (dir. Kim Ki-duk)
  • Et maintenant on va où? (dir. Nadine Labaki)
  • Loverboy (dir. Catalin Mitulescu)
  • Yellow Sea (dir. Na Hong-jin)
  • Miss Bala (dir. Gerardo Naranjo)
  • Trabalhar cansa (Travailler Fatigue) (dir. Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra)
  • L’exercice de l’Etat (dir. Pierre Schoeller)
  • Toomelah (dir. Ivan Sen)
  • Oslo, August 31st (dir. Joachim Trier)

Special Screenings

  • Labrador (dir. Frederikke Aspöck)
  • Wu Xia (dir. Chan Peter Ho-Sun)
  • Days of Grace (dir. Everardo Gout)
  • Le Maitre Des Forges De L’Enfre (dir. Rithy Panh)
  • Michael Petrucciani (dir. Michael Radford)
  • Tous Au Larzac (dir. Christian Rouaud)

So that’s 49 films in total: 19  in competition, 19 in un certain regard, 43 world premieres. 4 female directors in competition after the male-dominated comp last year which picked up some grumpy bad press.

I shall be back with more announcements, including the Short Films Selection, the Directors Fortnight picks, and the rumoured other three films to add to the In Competition section, as soon as I hear about them. Unless we’ve all been duped, I’d expect Kung Fu Panda 2 to be among the late additions.

And remember to follow me on @SiTheMovieGuy, where I shall be tweeting from sunny France.


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