By Peter Knegt | Indiewire April 18, 2013 at 6:22AM
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.
"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)
"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)
"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)
"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)