Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Frémaux and incoming President Pierre Lescure announced the lineup for next month’s 68th edition this morning in Paris. From the Champs-Elysées they unveiled 44 titles that make up the Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition and Midnight Screening sections. I was in the house to live blog the proceedings, which included Frémaux promising no “selfie ban” on the red carpet — even if they are “ridiculous and grotesque.” Many of the titles announced were tipped, but there are also a handful of names missing. There are still more movies to be announced next week — along with the Critics’ Week and Directors’ Fortnight lineups. Check out our full list of the titles revealed today, here, and catch up with today’s press conference below. The festival runs from May 13-24.

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The UGC Normandie theater is packed and abuzz as we wait for Frémaux and Lescure to start spilling. This is former Canal Plus chief Lescure’s first festival as president.

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Precious little is known so far, apart from opening night movie La Tête Haute, the first time a French film has the honors since Fanfan La Tulipe in 2003. It’s also the first time we have a female director since 1987…

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We also know that Mad Max: Fury Road will roar onto the Croisette on May 14.

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Frémaux and Lescure just entered from the center aisle. Here we go…

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Frémaux welcomes the new president, Lescure is “full of emotion” to be here

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As previously announced, Joel and Ethan Coen are presidents this year, the first time the competition has been chaired by a duo

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Lescure is running down the partnerships, notably the new deal with Kering that will inaugurate the Women In Motion program to celebrate the talent of women in cinema.

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Lescure; “we’re happy as little kids” to have Ethan and Joel Coen as jury presidents. The rest of the jury won’t be announced for a couple of days. The Coens’ World Cinema short, part of 2007’s Chacun Son Cinema is now screening for the press with Josh Brolin

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Frémaux 90% of the official selection is being announced today; the rest next week

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Fremaux: there’s been a bottleneck of films to screen since March

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Frémaux: 1854 films were screened. The principal of the great Cannes democracy is that as soon as someone sends a film, even if it’s from their phone, it will be seen.

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Frémaux says a lot of big names weren’t ready this year

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Frémaux: This is a selection that has a mission to put new names on the global map

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Eight debut features are in the selection… whose contents we are hoping to hear this decade…

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Fremaux has decided NOT to ban selfies on the red carpet

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Frémaux: selfies are “extremely ridiculous and grotesque” so there will be attempts to rein them in

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Midnight screening – Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy

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Woody Allen’s Irrational Man in out of competition – his 12th time as director

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Natalie Portman’s directing debut is out of competition; Frémaux says they didn’t put it in Un Certain Regard because they’re “always suspected of wanting to include well-known names”

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Pixar’s Inside Out is in out of competition

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I called Petit Prince as part of the Official Selection and here it is. Lyon native Frémaux also notes that it’s based on the book by St Exupéry, also a native of Lyon… The animated movie is from Mark Osborne

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Portman’s movie is called A Tale Of Love And Darkness

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Frémaux is announcing the 14 movies so far lined up for Un Certain Regard (check out our full list here)

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I Am A Soldier by Laurent Larviere; The Other Side by Roberto Minervini; Journey To The Shore from Kiyoshi Kurosawa all in UCR

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All’s looking very auteur so far…

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Frémaux announces first film by Iran’s Ida Panahandeh. Says she is part of a new generation of young Iranian directors doing beautiful work. That’s in UCR

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Opening night movie La Tete Haute is NOT in competition; there will be four French titles in the section – a rarity because Frémaux usually reserves three slots. A great year for French cinema , he says

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Frémaux: We say we wanted to start Cannes with a “good film” – which doesn’t mean that we don’t usually. Lescure: Yeah, but you did say it. (laughs through the room)

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Madonna in Cannes? That’s the title of UCR pic by Suwon Shin

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The Competition titles are coming up…

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16 movies so far for the competition

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Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan in competition; first time since Rust & Bone

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The title of Audiard’s movie (which had also gone by Erran) is temporary, we’re told

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Valérie Donzelli’s Marguerite Et Julien, which I’ve heard fanstastic things about, is in Competition

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Matteo Garrone’s Tale Of Tales is one of 3 Italians in competition; his last two movies have won the Grand Prize. This one is in English and stars Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, John C Reilly and Toby Jones

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Todd Haynes’ Carol is in with Cate Blanchett – 2nd time in competition after Velvet Goldmine. Fremaux: He is very happy to come back

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Frémaux is announcing another “Big Return” – and keeps talking “is the suspense mounting?”

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…. and it’s, Hou Hsiao Hsien with The Assassin

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And, Kore-eda with Our Little Sister – as predicted

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Justin Kurzel is in with Macbeth!!! We thought this might be going to Venice but it will be in competition with Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender

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The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos, long tipped, was just confirmed with Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz – Fremaux says it’s “part of this tradition where we don’t understand everything”

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Fremaux: Cannes is a celebration of auteurs…

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Maiwenn’s Mon Roi also in – she previously won big with Polisse

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Nanni Moretti will try to enter the circle of people who have won 2 Palme d’Or. His Mia Madre is in competition; the first of his long list of films since Habemus Papam in 2011

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Frémaux says Cannes wouldn’t be Cannes without Moretti whose The Son’s Room took the Palme in 2001.

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Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth will bring the Great Beauty helmer back to Cannes. This one’s in English with Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel

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This is Sorrentino’s 6th time in competition

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Louder Than Bombs with Isabelle Huppert by Joachim Trier in competition

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Gus Van Sant with The Sea Of Trees in competition

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Matthew McConaughey stars in Sea Of Trees which sold very well in Cannes last year with the actor and helmer in town. This one as far as I understand was only screened by Frémaux just last Thursday

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Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario brings the Québecois helmer to competition for the first time – Frémaux says it’s really an American film about the drug trade

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And that’s it, for today’s announcement. Frémaux is expecting a “great Cannes” with lots of stars

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The selection looks a bit light on UK movies suggests a journalist; were a lot of movies presented? Frémaux says for now there are only 44 movies set and will ultimately be 54… But he agrees there are not a lot of UK movies so far (is that an answer?)

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how does frémaux explain that two of the three Italian helmers selected have shot in English?
“Each year we refuse an incalculable number of movies made in foreign countries  in English.” His suggestion is that the language needs to fit the film, rather than be a marketing element. “Sorrentino and Garrone don’t do that to please the Anglo-Saxon market,” he says. “They have their stories to tell.”

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#Cannes2015 is trending at No. 1 in Italy

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There will be films in 35mm, Frémaux promises.

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There are still more titles to come, but for the moment among those missing that folks had been predicting are Arnaud Desplechin’s Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse; Gaspar Noé’s Love and Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts Of No Nation.

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That’s a wrap for the live blog this morning. Check out the full list of titles announced here. I’ll be back with my analysis in just a bit.

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How does Frémaux explain that two of the three Italian helmers selected have shot in English?
“Each year we refuse an incalculable number of movies made in foreign countries  in English.” His suggestion is that the language needs to fit the film, rather than be a marketing element. “Sorrentino and Garrone don’t do that to please the Anglo-Saxon market,” he says. “They have their stories to tell.”

Nancy Tartaglione April 16, 20153:35 am

I called Petit Prince as part of the Official Selection and here it is. Lyon native Frémaux also notes that it’s based on the book by St Exupéry, also a native of Lyon… The animated movie is from Mark Osborne

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Nanni Moretti will try to enter the circle of people who have won 2 Palmes d’Or. His Mia Madre is in competition; the first of his long list of films since Habemus Papam in 2011