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President of the 66th Cannes Film Festival
The 66th Cannes Film Festival (15-26 May) has just announced the list of films in competition in the different categories. There is always great expectation to read the list as there are usually a few surprises and experts start speculating about who picked what and why out of the more than 1,800 entries received. The president of the festival this year is Stephen Spielberg.

What makes Cannes special is the combination of the glamour of the stars, the dresses, the red carpet, the very scenic location on the beach with the backdrop of the Côte d’Azur, and the mix of creative and business people, coming together non-stop day after day to broker deals, show their work, shake hands and pitch.
As actors, directors and producers are talking to the press about what they’ve probably did 2-3 years ago when the movie that’s showing today got started, they are more focused on what’s going on in the coulisses, where the first sparks of future screen magic are really happening, and catching up with friends and industry chit-chat.

Here’s the official lineup:

Opening film: THE GREAT GATSBY, dir: Baz Luhrmann

Closing film: Zulu, dir: Jérôme Salle

Competition

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

Out of Competition

Blood Ties, dir: Guillaume Canet

All Is Lost, dir: J.C. Chandor

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