Cannes: Coen Brothers, Winding-Refn, Soderbergh, Payne, Polanski In Competition

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As Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Frémaux promised early this morning, the Competition roster this year includes some surprises and some confirmed auteurs. However, there are no first-timers in the mix; they’ve been reserved for the Un Certain Regard section. Among the higher profile pics in competition are the Coen brothers’s Inside Llewyn Davis, Roman Polanski’s Venus In Fur, Nicolas Winding-Refn’s Only God Forgives, and two films that were initially unexpected in the section: Nebraska from Alexander Payne and Behind The Candelabra from Steven Soderbergh. Here’s the full list of 19 films:

Only God Forgives, dir: Nicolas Winding-Refn
La Grande Bellezza, dir: Paolo Sorrentino
Behind The Candelabra, Steven Soderbergh
The Immigrant, dir: James Gray
Venus In Fur, dir: Roman Poalnski
Straw Shield, dir: Takashi Miike
Nebraska, dir: Alexander Payne
Jeune Et Jolie, dir: Francois Ozon
The Past, dir: Asghar Farhadi
Inside Llewyn Davis, dir: Joel & Ethan Coen
Jimmy P., dir: Arnaud Desplechin
Heli, dir: Amat Escalante
Grisgris, dir: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Like Father Like Son, dir: Hirokazu Kore-Eda
La Vie D’Adèle, dir: Abdellatif Kechiche
Borgman, dir: Alex Vann Warmerdam
A Touch Of Sin, dir: Zhangke Jia
Michael Kohlhaas, dir: Arnaud Despallières
Un Château En Italie, dir: Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi

PREVIOUS: In just a little while, Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux will unveil the lineup for the 66th Cannes Film Festival from the UGC Normandie movie theater on the Champs-Elysées here in Paris. At 9:32 AM local time, Frémaux tweeted: “As is tradition, the selection ended late in the night. And as is tradition, there are auteurs, discoveries, surprises and stars.” We already know some of the stars who will be on hand: Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, with a cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, is opening the festival on May 15. There are also expectations of some of the so-called “usual suspects” in the main Competition, which will be judged by a jury led by Steven Spielberg. And Frémaux tends to put some first-timers in the mix, while holding back a few surprises to be added later. He will also outline the Un Certain Regard sidebar along with the Midnight, Out of Competition and Special screenings. We learned yesterday that Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring opens Un Certain Regard on May 16. Danish helmer Thomas Vinterberg, in competition last year with The Hunt, is president of the jury for that section. The fest closes with Jérôme Salle’s Zulu.

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