Cannes: Roman Polanski's New Film Added to Official Lineup

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'Based on a True Story' will screen out of competition, while Ruben Ostlund's 'The Square' will be in the running for the Palme d'Or.

Roman Polanski's latest film, D’après une histoire vraie (Based on a True Story), has been added to the official lineup at the 70th Cannes Film Festival, organizers announced Thursday.

The film will be shown out of competition. 

True Story had long been rumored to be in the running for a competition slot. By its late placement out of competition, the fest may be be looking to avoid the protests from French feminist groups that plagued France's Cesar Awards earlier this year, which attacked the decision to name Polanski president of ceremonies. He later resigned.

Also added was Ruben Ostlund's The Square, which will round out the official competition.

The new titles increase the number of competition titles from 19 to 20 and the out-of-competition slate from four to five.

Oscar-nominated documentarian Barbet Schroeder's Le Venerable W. and French director Eric Caravaca's Carre will be given special screenings.

In the Un Certain Regard section, Santiago Mitre's La Cordillera and  Li Ruijun's Walking Past the Future have been added. 

A children's screening of Zombillenium from directing duo Arthur de Pins and Alexis Ducord has been added as well.
 
As part of the 70th anniversary programming, there will be a tribute to legendary director Andre Techine presenting his latest film Golden Years.

Among the various competition films previously unveiled are Happy End from two-time Palme d'Or winner Michael Haneke and Oscar-winner Michel Hazanavicius' Le Redoubtable

Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled, Todd Haynes' Wonderstruck, Benny and Josh Safdie's Good Time and Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here are among the Hollywood titles coming to the Croisette.

Pedro Almodovar will head up this year's main Cannes competition jury, with Jessica Chastain, Will Smith, Fan Bing Bing and Agnes Jaoui also on the panel. The Young Pope director Paolo Sorrentino, Toni Erdmann helmer Maren Ade, filmmaker Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden) and Oscar-winning composer Gabriel Yared (The English Patient) will round out the judges.

Uma Thurman is overseeing the Un Certain Regard jury, and Palme d'Or winner Cristian Mungiu is heading the student and short films jury.

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