David Cronenberg, the Canadian master of strange, gives Twilight’s Robert Pattinson a bid for art house cred with this adaptation of a Don DeLillo novel.
This year’s wild card: a French auteur film about time traveling and parallel lives with plenty of SFX and a cast including Kylie Minogue and Eva Mendes.
Killing Them Softly
Brad Pitt rejoins the director of Jesse James for this gangster tale, playing a professional enforcer investigating a robbery at a mob-protected poker game.
This Aussie Western reteams director John HIllcoat with his regular collaborator, screenwriter (and singer/songwriter) Nick Cave, who last worked together on Hillcoat’s debut, The Proposition.
Director Wes Anderson scores the plum opening night slot with his first Cannes film, this nostalgic look at 1960 America starring Bruce Willis as the sheriff of a small New England town who leads a group of townspeople in a search for two 12-year-old lovebirds who’ve run away together.
Director Jeff Nicolas graduates to the A-list with this all-star drama but the story of two teenage boys and an escape fugitive promises to be as hardscrabble as Nicolas’ Take Shelter and Shotgun Stories.
On the Road
Director Walter Salles’ third Cannes Competition entry casts Brit Sam Riley as Sal Paradise and Tron: Legacy star Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty and Kristen Stewart as Dean’s girlfriend Marylou in this first adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s iconic novel.
Rust and Bone
Jacques Audiard’s follow-up to 2009 Cannes Jury Winner A Prophet features a star-in-the-making turn from Belgium actor Matthias Schoenarts alongside Oscar winner Marion Cotillard.
When Stella, his passion project on Civil Rights, stalled, Precious director Lee Daniels chose a change of pace with this thriller about a journalist investigating a case on death row.
Vous N'avez encore rien vu (You Haven't Seen Anything Yet)
Director Alain Resnais turns 90 just after Cannes wraps, and this film, a culmination of his life's work, is rumored to be his best yet.
After the triumph of his 2009 Palme d’Or winner The White Ribbon, Austrian director Michael Haneke returns to a smaller-scale with this drama of an octogenarian couple, played by French cinema legends Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant.
Like Someone in Love
This Tokyo-set story of a student selling sex to pay for her studies marks a departure for Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, whose resume includes four previous Cannes films, including Palme d’Or winner Taste of Cherry in 1997.
Part of a trilogy about love in very unlikely places from Austrian director Seidl, who made Cannes audiences squirm and divided critics with his previous Competition entry, Import/Export,in 2007.
Post Tenebras Lux
The third Cannes Competition entry from Mexico’s most experimental filmmaker is a semi-autobiographical story that moves among Mexico, Spain, England and Belgium, all countries in which Carlos Reygadas has lived.
The Angels' Share
A veteran with 10 red Cannes’ carpet, U.K. director Ken Loach, famous for being more feted in Europe than on British shores, brings an unusually optimistic film about a malt whisky heist to Cannes for a taste test.
After the Battle
The most overtly political film in Competition, Yousry Nasrallah’s drama focuses on the meeting of two men from opposite sides of the country’s conflict: a solider who attacked anti-government protestors and a liberal member of Cairo’s reformist elite.
In Another Country
Korean director Hong Sang-soo’s first film in Cannes stars 2009 Jury president Isabelle Huppert in a triple role as three identically named French tourists who each visits the same seaside resort.
“The Hunt” Dir. Thomas Vinterberg
This tale of a man falsely accused of child abuse promises a return to form for Thomas Vinterberg, co-founder of the Dogme 95 movement, whose debut was the 1998 Cannes Jury Prize winner The Celebration.
“Taste of Money” Dir. Im Sang-soo
Like director Im Sang-soo’s 2010 Cannes entry The Housemaid, Taste of Money is a look at the moral hypocrisy of the Korean elite. But here, corporate malfeasance, not adultery, takes center stage.
In the Fog
A departure from his 2010 Cannes Competition debut My Joy, this new film from Belarus-born Sergei Loznitsa is set in 1942 in the Soviet Union’s Nazi-occupied Western front.
Beyond The Hills
In his follow up to 2007 Palme d’Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Romanian New Wave pioneer Cristian Mungiu shifts his aim from his country’s communist past to abuses by the country’s Orthodox Church.