The organisers of the 68th Cannes Film festival have revealed the names of the films in competition for the prestigious Palme d’Or next month. Four French directors feature among the 16 films. These include Jaqcues Audiard with Dheepan, a drama about a Srilankan political refugee living in France. He was last at the festival in 2012’s with Dust and Bone starring Marion Cottilard. After winning the jury prize for Polisse in 2011, actor/director Maïwenn will be hoping to repeat her success with Mon Roi starring Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Bercot and Louis Garrel. Also in competition is newcomer Stéphane Brizé with La Loi du marché headlining Vincent Lindon. And Valérie Donzelli’s Marguerite et Julien features rising star Anaïs Demoustier and Jérémie Elkaïm.
Although not in the competition, the opening film at the festival is also French and by a woman director for the first time since 1987’s A Man in Love, by Diane Kurys. Emmanuelle Bercot’s La Tête haute is a comedy drama about troubled teen-ager Malony and the attempts by a children’s judge (Catherine Deneuve) and a social worker to save him from a sticky end.
There is a return of festival favourites Nanni Moretti and Gus Van Saint. Also in competition is Carol the 1950s New York-set drama directed by Todd Haynes, Paolo Sorrentino’s English-language drama Youth, Matteo Garrone’s The Tale of Tales and a new adaptation of Macbeth from Australia’s Justin Kurzel. Entries by Asian directors include The Assassin, from Taiwan’s Hou Hsiao-hsien, China’s Jia Zhangke whose Mountains May Depart marks his fourth film at Cannes and Our Little Sister, from Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda. Finally Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario completes the line-up although more films could be added before the festival opens on 13th May. And screening out of competition is Woody Allen’s 45th film Irrational Man with Joaquim Phoenix and Emma Stone in the lead roles.
In a bold move, festival director Thierry Fremaux also announced a campaign to stop the tide of ‘selfies’ on the red carpet. He said “it’s ridiculous and grotesque and really slows things down.”