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Movie Slate Set For Cannes

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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.

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