Cannes Unveils Additional Official Selection Films

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Two titles were added to competition as well as new sidebar entries from Gaspar Noe, Naomi Kawase and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Cannes continues to top up its official 2015 lineup, on Thursday adding two more competition titles as well as a few from festival favorites.

Michel Franco's Chronic, which focuses on a nurse working with terminally ill patients and stars Bitsie Tulloch and Tim Roth, will premiere in competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival, as will The Valley of Love, a drama from Guillaume Nicloux featuring French superstars Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert.

Franco's previous two films screened in Cannes with After Lucia (2012) winning the top honor of the Un Certain Regard sidebar. Nicloux has taken his last two features to Berlin, with The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq screening in the festival's Forum section and 2013's The Nun in competition. 

Outside the official competition, Cannes' selection committee has corrected what appeared to be some glaring omissions from the initial lineup announced last week. New films by Cannes favorites Gaspar Noe, Brillante Mendoza, Naomi Kawase and Palme d'Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul will all have their world premieres on the Croisette.

Kawase's Sweet Red Bean Paste will open the Un Certain Regard sidebar. Mendoza's Taklub and Weerasethakul's Cemetery of Splendour will also screen in Un Certain Regard, as will Lamb, the debut film from Yared Zeleke, marking the first Ethiopian film to screen in the festival's official program. 

Alias Maria from director Jose Luis Rugeles Garcia and Don’t Tell Me the Boy Was Mad by Robert Guediguian were also added to the Un Certain Regard section. 

Noe's Love has secured a midnight screening slot. 

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