The Cannes Festival’s Thierry Frémaux and Gilles Jacob will be holding their annual press conference this Thursday here in Paris. The full list of films competing for the Palme D’Or and those in the Un Certain Regard program (the non-competitive section) will be revealed then. Already confirmed for the May 14-25 festival is opener “Grace of Monaco” starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly.
Here’s a run-down of who else may join the party:
Tommy Lee Jones’ western “The Homesman” in which he also stars alongside Meryl Streep, David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” starring John Cusack, Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, “Two Days, One Night” with Marion Cotillard by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, “Clouds of Sils Maria” by Olivier Assayas, starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart, Roy Andersson (Sweden) with “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” Kristian Levring (Denmark) with “The Salvation,” Suzanne Bier with “Serena” starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, André Téchiné’s “L’Homme que l’on Aimait Trop” with Catherine Deneuve (see some amateur video from the shoot).
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Other possible contenders include Abderrahmane Sissako from Mauritania (“Le Chagrin des Oiseaux”) and Fatih Akin with “The Cut.” According to the latest changes Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” will be seen at Toronto instead.
Also, we’re hoping we to see Taiwan’s Hou Hsiao-Hsien with a film called “The Assassin” in Cannes this year. Other possible candidates for the Palme D’Or include China’s Zhang Yimou (“Coming Home”), and Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul (“Cemetery of Kings”).
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Woody Allen’s latest film “Magic in the Moonlight” starring Emma Stone, Colin Firth and Marcia Gay Harden, which was shot in Nice, France (a forty minutes’ car ride from Cannes) could also answer the call this year. Finally, Abel Ferrara’s “Welcome to New York”, which stars Gerard Depardieu as former IMF head honcho Dominique Strauss-Kahn could also compete for the prize (pictured: Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in Suzanne Bier’s “Serena”).