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April 18, 2013 6:22 AM
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Soderbergh, Payne, Polanski and the Coens Lead 2013 Cannes Film Festival Lineup

"Inside Llewyn Davis" CBS Films
This morning in Paris, the official competition lineup for the 66th Cannes Film Festival was announced.

Steven Soderbergh ("Behind The Candelabra"), Paolo Sorrentino ("La Grande Bellezza"), James Gray ("The Immigrant"), Joel and Ethan Coen ("Inside Llewyn Davis"), Alexander Payne ("Nebraska"), Nicolas Winding Refn ("Only God Forgives"), Francois Ozon ("Jeune Et Jolie"), Asghar Farhadi ("The Past"), Roman Polanski ("Venus in Fur") and Takashi Miike ("Wara No Tate") will all have films screening in competition. 

They make for a very male-centric group (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi is the only woman with a film in competition), despite all the criticism last year for an equally male-dominant lineup. Oddly, new films from Sofia Coppola and Claire Denis -- two of the most notable female directors living --  were both selected for the Un Certain Regard program instead of official competition (quite a few women are Un Certain Regard, including Flora Lau's "Bends," Rebecca Zlotowski's "Grand Central," Valeria Golino's "Miel," and Chloé Robichaud's "Sarah Preferes La Course."

Also notable in the announcement was J.C. Chandor's "All Is Lost" (his follow up to "Margin Call"), and Guillaume Canet's English-language "Blood Ties," which stars Clive Owen, Billy Crudup and Mila Kunis, both screening out of competition. Stephen Frears' "Muhammad Ali's Final Fight" -- which, like Soderbergh's "Candelabra" is also destined for HBO --  will get a special screening.

Recently renamed Sundance favorite "Fruitvale Station" will join Coppola and Denis's films in Un Certain Regard, as will, yep, a film directed by James Franco. Franco's "As I Lay Dying" is based on the 1930 classic by Faulkner, and stars Logan Marshall-Green, Danny McBride and Franco himself.

Indiewire has the full list of Cannes titles below (click on select film titles to view film pages). The festival kicks of May 15th.

"Only God Forgives" Radius
Opening Film

"The Great Gatsby" (dir. Baz Luhrmann)

Official Selection
"Behind The Candelabra" (dir. Steven Soderbergh)
"Borgman" (dir. Alex Van Warmerdam)
"Un Chateau En Italie" (dir. Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi)
"The Great Beauty" (dir. Paolo Sorrentino)
"Grisgris" (dir. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun)
"Heli" (dir. Amat Escalante)
"The Immigrant" (dir. James Gray)
"Inside Llewyn Davis" (dir. Joel & Ethan Coen)
"Jeune Et Jolie" (dir. Francois Ozon)
"Jimmy P" (dir. Arnaud Desplechin)
"Michael Kohlhaas" (dir. Arnaud Despallieres)
"Behind the Candelabra" HBO

"Nebraska" (dir. Alexander Payne)
"Only God Forgives" (dir. Nicolas Winding Refn)
"The Past" (dir. Asghar Farhadi")
"Soshite Chichi Ni Naru" (dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda)
"Tian Zhu Ding" (dir. Zhangke Jia)
"Venus In Fur" (dir. Roman Polanski)
"La Vie D'Adele" (dir. Abdellatif Kechiche)
"Wara No Tate" (dir. Takashi Miike)

Out Of Competition
"All Is Lost" (dir. J.C Chandor)
"Blood Ties" (dir. Guillaume Canet)

"The Bling Ring." A24
Un Certain Regard

"Anonymous" (dir. Mohammad Rasoulof)
"As I Lay Dying" (dir. James Franco)
"Bends" (dir. Flora Lau)
"The Bling Ring" (dir. Sofia Coppola)
"Death March" (dir. Adolfo Alix Jr)
"Fruitvale Station" (dir. Ryan Coogler)
"Grand Central" (dir. Rebecca Zlotowski)
"L'Image Manquante" (Rithy Panh)
"L'Inconnu Du Lac" (dir. Alain Guiraudie)
"La Jaula De Oro" (dir. Diego Quemada)
"Miele" (dir. Valeria Golino)
"Norte, Hangganana Ng Kasaysayan" (dir. Lav Diaz)
"Omar" (dir. Hany Abu-Assad)
"Les Salauds" (dir. Claire Denis)
"Sarah Prefere La Course" (dir. Chloe Robichaud)

"Blind Detective" (dir. Johnnie To)
"Monsoon Shootout" (dir. Amit Kumar)

Special Screening
"Max Rose" (dir. Daniel Noah)
"Weekend Of A Champion" (dir. Roman Polanski)
"Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight" (dir. Stephen Frears)
"Stop The Pounding Heart" (dir. Roberto Minervini)
"Seduced & Abandoned" (dir. James Toback)
"Otdat Konci" (dir. Taisia Igumentseva)
"Bombay Talkies" (dir. Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar)

Closing Film
"Zulu" (dir. Jérôme Salle)

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  • Chris L. | April 18, 2013 4:29 PMReply

    How many effing times will Harvey dumb down the title of James Gray's film? Also, where is Spike Jonze? And Reichardt? Egoyan? Jarmusch? Bong Joon-ho? Not even Godard?

  • Michael M. | April 18, 2013 10:44 AMReply

    Only god forgives will win, considering Spielberg is the head of the international jury and will undoubtedly gravitate towards a stylized neo-noir western art-house.

  • Michael M. | April 18, 2013 10:32 PM

    Refn would be the most deserving recipient. He hasn't previously won, he's made nine feature films, and his approach displays a remarkable mastery and craftsmanship. Call it novelty, but the man is a genius. Have you seen the trailers yet? if not than please indulge, you'll thank me later.

  • jean vigo | April 18, 2013 3:27 PM

    I enjoyed "Drive" immensely, but based on the "Only God..." trailer I'm starting to feel Refn is turning into a novelty-type filmmaker, like Tarantino.

    Cannes, being the grandest of all fests, does its best service to filmmaking when they surprise with new "undiscovered" winners like "sex, lies & videotape," "stranger than paradise," "when father was away on business," and even films like "taste of cherry" or "distant (Grand prix)."

    There's something more exciting about making the world aware of a new voice or a voice that has yet to be discovered out of her/his own country. The "usual suspects" stuff is starting to grow stale on me and I LIKE the "usual suspects!" But, they'll get their due once their films - ALREADY with distribution - get seen.

  • Lisa R | April 18, 2013 9:09 AMReply

    This looks pretty weak. Un Certain Regard seems more interesting than the competition.

  • Vino | April 18, 2013 6:10 AMReply

    6 am east coast...The Guardian, UK beat you w lineup.

  • Arch | April 18, 2013 5:53 AMReply

    Round up the usual suspects. It's funny cause Fremaux started by explaing how Ozon wa

  • Arch | April 18, 2013 5:55 AM

    ...wasn't a festival regular but ended saying we selected the Coen brothers cause why wouldn't we just in the name of novelty. Miike is a nice touch though I have to say.