Hollywood stars like Cate Blanchett, Matthew McConaughey, Marion Cotillard and Sir Michael Caine are among the ones with films competing at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The list sees many returning filmmakers including new films from Nanni Moretti, Gus Van Sant, and Jacques Audiard.

Films from Woody Allen and new Pixar animation Inside Out will play out of competition, alongside Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary.

The festival begins on the 13th of next month with a jury conformed by Joel and Ethan Coen.

No Selfies Please

Festival director Thierry Fremaux announced the line-up in Paris on Thursday. At the same time he launched a campaign to reduce the amount of “selfies” on the red carpet.

“We don’t want to prohibit it, but we want to slow down the process of selfies on the steps,” said Fremaux. “We think it’s ridiculous and grotesque and really slows things down.” “You never look as ugly as you do in a selfie,” he added.

The conference came after earlier announcements about the worldwide premiere of the heavily anticipated Fury Road, the latest film in the revived Mad Max franchise and also La Tete Haute (Standing Tall), done by French actress director Emmanuelle Bercot.

Seventeen films were revealed to be in the competition, the festival director did add that there will be other films added as the days go by.

Some Films

Cate Blanchett will star alongside Rooney Mara in Carol, based on a novel by The Talented Mr. Ripley author Patricia Highsmith. The film is a 1950s drama set in New York and it is directed by Todd Haynes.

Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe will appear in Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees. They play two men who meet in one of Japan’s scariest forests, which is known for its high amount of suicides. The film will also feature Naomi Watts.

Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender will co-star in a new adaptation of the popular book Macbeth, done by Australian director Justin Kurzel.

The star studded line-up also includes two famous Italian directors. Gomorrah’s Matteo Garrone, who will be premiering his The Tale of Tales and a festival regular Nanni Moretti, with My Mother.

The film festival will keep its traditions by having France represented by four directors. The four are: Audiard, Maiwenn, Valerie Donzelli and first-timer Stephane Brize.


Asia will be represented by The Assassin, from Taiwan’s Hou Hsiao-hsien. China will have Jia Zhangke whose Mountains May Depart will be his fourth film at the famous festival and Our Little Sister, from Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda.

The United States will also be represented by Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario, a crime drama starring Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro. Villeneuve joins Van Sant and Haynes as the trio of directors that will compete for the nation.

Showing out of the competition, will be Woody Allen’s 45th film, Irrational Man. The movie sees Joaquin Phoenix star as a college professor who starts a relationship with one of his students, played by Emma Stone.

The festival will not feature films from British directors but the people are anxious to see Asif Kapadia’s Amy screening at the event.