By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire May 29, 2012 at 11:39AM
At 33, "Mud" writer/director Jeff Nichols is the youngest filmmaker in competition for the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
Lee Daniels, 'The Paperboy'
After seeing his sophomore feature "Precious" premiere in Sundance's US Dramatic Competition and go on to become a Academy Award-winning phenomenon, Lee Daniels is set to unveil his third directorial effort "The Paperboy" in Competition at Cannes on Thursday.
Andrew Dominik, 'Killing Them Softly'
Twelve years ago, New Zealand-born music-video director Andrew Dominik exploded onto the international scene with his feature debut “Chopper,” a stylish, bloody portrait of a brutish outlaw.
Philip Kaufman, 'Hemingway & Gellhorn'
It's been almost five decades since Philip Kaufman first came to Cannes with his 1964 debut "Goldstein," an indie comedy co-directed by Benjamin Manaster.
Jennifer Lynch, 'A Fall From Grace'
Jennifer Lynch’s laugh sounds just like you’d expect it to: full of mischievous fun, raspy and more than a little dirty.
John Hillcoat, 'Lawless'
Australian director John Hillcoat may not seem the most obvious choice to direct "Lawless," a Prohibition-era thriller set in the American South based on Matt Bondurant's 2008 novel "The Wettest County in the World."
It's been four years since Xavier Dolan first came to the Cannes Film Festival. Only 19 at the time, he quickly gained international admiration after his film, "I Killed My Mother," swept the awards of the festival's Director's Fortnight section.
Michel Gondry, 'The We & the I'
Michel Gondry isn't known for taking on obvious, familiar material. But even by those standards, his latest movie, "The We & the I," sounds like something entirely different: a freely improvised story about a group of public school students shot over the course of one day on a school bus.
Edouard Waintrop, Directors Fortnight Artistic Director
Many things at Cannes don't change, but leadership at Directors Fortnight is a different story. This year, there's a new team in town, led by artistic director Edouard Waintrop.
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