There have been a wave of announcements and reveals in the last 24 hours – a new Star Wars teaser, news that Ryan Gosling is in negotiations to star in the Blade Runner sequel – but the most exciting news for us is the announcement of the roster for the 68th Cannes Film Festival, which is set to run May 13-24.
This year’s intriguing line-up has an international selection of Cannes veterans and some former prize winners in Paolo Sorrentino (Youth), Jacques Audiard (Dheepan), Matteo Garrone (The Tale of Tales), Hou Hsiao Hsien (The Assassin), Jia Zhang-Ke (Mountains May Depart), Hirokazu Kore-Eda (Our Little Sister), Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) and Nanni Moretti (Mia Madre) as well as exciting new films from Denis Villeneuve (Sicario), Todd Haynes (Carol), Gus Van Sant (The Sea of Trees), Justin Kurzel (Macbeth) and Joachim Trier (Louder than Bombs).
Our most anticipated are the Sorrentino (This Must Be The Place and Oscar winner The Great Beauty), who is teaming up with Michael Caine and Jane Fonda for Youth, Villeneuve (Incendies, Prisoners, Enemy), working here with Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin), Haynes (Far From Heaven, I’m Not There), who has a likely-Oscar contender in Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, Trier, whose last film was the unforgettable Oslo, August 31, and Kore-Eda (Like Father, Like Son and I Wish), whose films are a joy so rare to find.
Making out of competition appearances are Woody Allen with his new film Irrational Man, Pete Docter with Pixar’s Inside Out, and George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Asif Kapadia, the director of Senna, brings his documentary about Amy Winehouse to the Midnight section, while Natalie Portman’s directorial debut will feature in the Special Screening section.
The Coen Bros are the presidents of the Jury that will preside over the Official Competition. There has been no closing film announced yet, but La Tete Haute by Emmanuelle Bercot will open the festival.
Check out the full line-ups, including the Un Certain Regard, after the jump: