Earlier today a short press-conference was held to announce the official contenders for the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Among the directors that will be attending the events are Denis Villeneuve, Gus Van Sant, Todd Haynes and Hou Hsiao-Hsien. Those names will be competing for the coveted Palme D’or this year.
Two American films will stand out as well, a new Woody Allen project is expected to screen, while Disney’s latest Pixar film ‘Inside Out’ was listed within the out-of-competition announcements. As for the festival itself, the event will begin on May 13 and run through May 24, 2015. Popular Directing duo Joel and Ethan Coen are presiding over the jury for the main competition this year, an award they won back in 1991 with ‘Barton Fink’.
A few films are already attracting a lot of attention as attendees prepare for the events that lie ahead. The Gus Van Sant film ‘Seas of Trees,’ starring Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe has been building buzz for the last few weeks. Another film to lookout for is “Carol,” a Patricia Highsmith adaptation starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. The before mentioned Woody Allen film is called ‘Irrational Man,’ the project stars Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, and will premiere at the festival. Screening out of competition along with ‘Inside Out’ are George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” and the Mark Osborne film “The Little Prince.”
While popular dramas usually take the center-stage, it’s great to see the Disney-Pixar film hitting the festival. The film itself isn’t competing this year, but does star the voice-talents of Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, Diane Lane and Mindy Kaling. On another note, Natalie Portman will be showcasing her directorial debut, “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” it will be part of the festival’s special-screenings.
Here is the main lineup for 2015 Cannes Film Festival:
“La Tete Haute,” Emmanuelle Bercoto (out of competition)
“Dheepan,” Jacques Audiard
“La Loi Du Marche,” Stéphane Brize
“Marguerite et Julien,” Valérie Donzelli
“Il Racconto Dei Racconti,” Matteo Garrone
“Carol,” Todd Haynes
“Nie Yinniang,” Hou Hsiao Hsien
“Shan He Gu Ren,” Jia Zhang-Ke
“Umimachi Diary, ” Kore-Da Hirokazu
“Macbeth,” Justin Kurzel
“The Lobster,” Yorgos Lanthimos1
“Mon Roi,” Maiwenn
“Mia Madre,” Nanni Moretti
“Saul Fia,” László Nemes
“Youth,” Paolo Sorrentino
“Louder Than Bombs,” Joachim Trier
“The Sea of Trees,” Gus Van Sant
“Sicario,” Denis Villeneuve