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Did The 2012 Cannes Competition Lineup Just Get Leaked?

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire April 2, 2012 at 3:21PM

The internet is abuzz with an alleged leak from the Cannes Film Festival that saw a list of 24 films apparently making up its official 2012 competition listed on the official Cannes site and then quickly removed.
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The internet is abuzz with an alleged leak from the Cannes Film Festival that saw a list of 24 films apparently making up its official 2012 competition listed on the official Cannes site and then quickly removed.

The list is now making the rounds, having been re-posted on French blog Blog du Festival de Cannes.

There's been considerable skepticism about whether or not it's legitimate, most notably because there's still nearly 3 weeks before Cannes is set to announce the lineup (on April 19th) and that the festival is said to still be screening films. This suggests there's no way a competition lineup could be near complete.

There's also a few films in the leak many have suggested will not be ready for Cannes, such as Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and Terrence Malick's untitled Ben Affleck-Rachel McAdams romance (officially listed as "The Burial" on the leak). Alternatively, Walter Salles' "On The Road" and Michael Haneke's "Love" -- which many have predicted would be in competition -- are nowhere to be seen.

UPDATE: Cannes general delegate and artistic director Thierry Frémaux has said that the leak was "all lies" and that the selection is not complete.

Either way, it's sure fun to look at the list.  Here's the films that were included on the "leak":

APRES LA BATAILLE Yousry Nasrallah
BIG HOUSE Matteo Garrone
THE BURIAL Terrence Malick
COSMOPOLIS David Cronenberg
DE ROUILLE ET D’OS Jacques Audiard
ELEFANTE BIANCO Pablo Trapero
GEBO ET L’OMBRE Manoel de Oliveira
LE GRAND SOIR Gustave Kervern et Benoit Delépine
IL EST DIFFICILE D’ETRE UN DIEU Alexei Guerman
IN ANOTHER COUNTRY Hong Sangsoo
THE LAND OF HOPE Sono Sion
LAURENCE ANYWAYS Xavier Dolan
A LIAR’s AUTOBIOGRAPHY & THE TRUE STORY OF MONTY PYTHON’S GRAHAM CHAPMAN Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson & Ben Timlett
MAIN DANS LA MAIN Valérie Donzelli
THE MASTER Paul Thomas Anderson
MISHIMA (provisional title) Koji Wakamatsu
MOONRISE KINGDOM Wes Anderson
NO Pablo Larrain
PIAZZA FONTANA Marco Tullio Giordana
A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE Roy Andersson
THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES Derek Cianfrance
PROVIZORIU Cristian Mungiu
RHINOS SEASON Bahman Ghobadi
STOKER Park Chan-wook

Check out Indiewire's list of films we hope get into Cannes here.

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