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End of suspense for the selection of the 71st Festival de Cannes

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – Tiziana FABI – | The glamorous couple Javier Bardem-Penelope Cruz in Venice on September 6th, 2017

Regulars of the Croisette, newcomers and stars, from Juliette Binoche to Ryan Gosling, should appear in the credits of the Cannes Film Festival, whose selection is announced Thursday.

The twenty or so films in the race from May 8 to May 19 for the Palme d’Or will be unveiled at 11:00 am (09:00 GMT).

While four Frenchmen were in the race last year, the biggest world meeting of the 7th Art could see to compete for its 71st edition the author of “The law of the market” Stéphane Brizé with “Another world”, new film with Vincent Lindon, or Claire Denis with “High Life”, his first science-fiction film in English with Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche.

Olivier Assayas would be on the line with “E-Book”, a film set in the publishing world with Guillaume Canet and again Juliette Binoche, also on the red carpet for a third film, “Vision” of the Japanese Naomi Kawase.

The presence of Jacques Audiard, 2015 Palme d’Or for “Dheepan”, for his American western “Les Frères Sisters” with Joaquin Phoenix would, however, be very uncertain, as well as that of Quebecois Xavier Dolan for “My life with John F. Donovan “.

The Americans could be present this year with Damien Chazelle’s “First Man” (“The Land”) with Ryan Gosling, on American astronaut Neil Armstrong, with “Radegund” by Terrence Malick, on a figure of the Austrian resistance to Hitler, or with the thriller “Under The Silver Lake” by David Robert Mitchell.

Other names frequently cited include the Italian Paolo Sorrentino for “Loro” on Silvio Berlusconi, the legendary Franco-Swiss Jean-Luc Godard for “Picture Book”, or the controversial Danish Lars Von Trier with “The House That Jack Built” with Uma Thurman and Matt Dillon. Turkish Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Palme d’Or in 2014 for “Winter Sleep”, could come back with “The Wild Poirier”.

Ⓒ Festival de Cannes/Filifox/AFP – Georges Pierre, Flore Maquin, Philippe Savoir – | Photo provided by the Cannes Film Festival on April 11, 2018 of the official poster of the 71st edition of the festival inspired by Jean-Luc Godard’s film “Pierrot le fou” with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina

A film of the competition has already been announced, “Everybody Knows” by Iranian Asghar Farhadi, with Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, who will open the festival on May 8th.

The jury will be chaired this year by Australian actress Cate Blanchett, a leading figure in the fight against sexual harassment, six months after the Weinstein scandal that has shaken the film world. She will be the 12th woman to be entrusted with this role.

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