The organizers of the Cannes Film Festival Thursday announced the official competition slate for next month’s festival, and it includes a strong slate of films from American directors as well as top international names.
Highlights of the festival include:
- The newest Wes Anderson film, “Moonrise Kingdom,” will open the festival.
- “The Place Beyond the Pines,” a crime drama that represents the reteaming of Ryan Gosling and his “Blue Valentine” director Derek Cianfrance.
- “The Paperboy,” a ’70s-set erotic thriller from Lee Daniels, the director of “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.”
- “Killing Them Softly,” a Brad Pitt-starring crime film from Andrew Dominik, who made “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.”
- “Cosmopolis,” directed by David Cronenberg
- “On the Road,” the long-awaited Jack Kerouac adaptation directed by Walter Salles (“The Motorcycle Diaries.”)
- “Mud” from Jeff Nichols, who directed last year’s excellent “Take Shelter.”
- Michael Hanake, of “Cache” and “Funny Games,” returns with “Love (Amour).”
- Abbas Kiarostami, the Iranian legend who made last year’s amazing “Certified Copy,” returns to Cannes with “Like Someone in Love.”
The festival runs May 16-27.