Among the filmmakers in the mix the mix this year include numerous past festival favorites, including Michael Haneke ("Amour"), Ken Loach ("The Angel's Share," Loach's whopping 11th film in competition), Cristian Mungiu ("Beyond the Hills"), Alain Resnais ("You Haven't Seen Anything Yet"), Carlos Reygadas ("Post tenebras lux"), Matteo Garrone ("Reality"), Jacques Audiard ("Rust & Bones") and Abbas Kiarostami ("Like Someone in Love").
Notably missing from official competition were American directors Terrence Malick and Paul Thomas Anderson, mildly suspected to be in the mix for their latest films. Representing the US instead were Lee Daniels (with "The Paperboy") and Jeff Nichols (with "Mud") , both coming off previous films ("Precious" and "Take Shelter," respectively) that premiered at Sundance.
Also notably present? Both stars of "Twilight," with Robert Pattinson in Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" and Kristen Stewart in Walter Salles' "On The Road," as well as Zac Efron, who stars in "The Paperboy." The three are likely to illicit considerable attention to this year's red carpet, which will also bring the likes of Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy and Matthew McConaughey (who is both "Mud" and "The Paperboy").
Also notably missing, however? A single film directed by a woman in competition, compared to last year's record 4 titles.
Full list of titles below. The 2012 Cannes Film Festival runs May 16-22.
"Amour," Michael Haneke
"The Angels' Share," Ken Loach
"Baad el mawkeaa," Yousry Nasrallah
"Beyond the Hills," Cristian Mungiu
"Cosmopolis," David Cronenberg
"Holy Motors," Leos Carax
"The Hunt," Thomas Vinterberg
"Killing Them Softly," Andrew Dominik
"In Another Country," Hong Sang-soo
"In the Fog," Sergei Loznitsa
"Moonrise Kingdom," Wes Anderson (opening night film)
"Mud," Jeff Nichols
"On the Road," Walter Salles
"The Paperboy," Lee Daniels
"Paradies: Liebe," Ulrich Seidl
"Post tenebras lux," Carlos Reygadas
"Reality," Matteo Garrone
"Rust and Bone," Jacques Audiard
"The Taste of Money," Im Sang-soo
"You Haven't Seen Anything Yet," Alain Resnais
Closing Night Film:
"Therese Desqueyroux," Claude Miller
For Un Certain Regard, Midnight Screenings and Special Screenings, continue to the next page.