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by Peter Knegt
April 19, 2012 2:39 AM
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The Complete 2012 Cannes Film Festival Lineup

David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis"
The Cannes Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 2012 edition this morning at a press conference in Paris this morning.

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.

In Competition:

"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

"Lawless," John Hillcoat

"Like Someone in Love," Abbas Kiarostami

"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

Out of Competition:

"Hemingway & Gellhorn," Philip Kaufman

"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon

"Me and You," Bernardo Bertolucci

For Un Certain Regard, Midnight Screenings and Special Screenings, continue to the next page.

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  • Nick | April 19, 2012 12:50 PMReply

    I think you mean "elicit," not illicit.

  • jingmei | April 19, 2012 4:44 AMReply

    Merci beaucoup pour the awesome stuff right at the first time!

  • jingmei | April 19, 2012 12:08 PM

    So far have felt kinda normale as usual: bunch of people go to Cannes repeatly, including Kirsten Dunst, Brad Pitt, Jeff Nichols. Interesting to see some potential link between Sundance and Cannes. Last year's MMMM was en un certain regard, this year it's Beasts Of The Southern Wild (always be the top one of Sundance) but where is Simon Killer, it is juste a story happened in Paris, by Borderline who has good relationship with France. Et good for Jeff Nichols who has become competition catergory this year. Et don't forget Cannes always treats cinema francais by themselves well, like last year's Polisse (it's pretty deserved en fait), donc look forward the awesome Alain Resnais aussi.