Faye Dunaway is the star of the poster for this year’s Cannes film festival which begins on May 11. There are 49 movies in the official selection with 19 in competition, cut down from an original list of more than 1,700.
After last year’s damp squib of a competition, with volcanic ash hitting air travel and Hollywood stars mostly staying away, organisers promise the glitz will be back.
“You’ll realize it’s a selection that not only benefits from a great geographical diversity but also from a great diversity of generations, of a great diversity of styles and of a great diversity concerning the origins of the productions,” said festival director Thierry Fremaux.
Robert de Niro will head the jury, and for the first time there will be four films from female directors to choose from. There is also the return of Terrence Malick to savour, and films by the Dardenne brothers, Almodovar, Moretti, Kaurismaki and Von Trier among others. Organisers say there will be a lighter feel to the festival with more emphasis on entertainment.
Out-of-competition treats will include Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” which will open the festival and includes a cameo by France’s first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.
Jodie Foster’s first feature in years, “The Beaver”, also marks the return to the big screen of Mel Gibson after a recent turbulent patch in his personal life.
But the hottest tickets may well be for the fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, which also gets its premiere in Cannes.