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Cannes Film Festival 2012 line-up revealed

Highlights include Cosmopolis, On the Road, The Paperboy and The Angels' Share

Cannes film festival 2012 line-up revealed

Robert Pattinson in Cosmopolis

Cannes Film Festival has never been short on big names but this year’s event looks set to be positively swimming with stars after it unveiled a competition brimming with famous faces and with a heavy representation of American cinema.

Of the 21 films competing for the Palme D’Or, the most anticipated include David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, a future-set thriller based on Don DeLillo’s novel about 24 hours in the life of a Wall Street banker (played by Robert Pattinson) and his encounters with an array of characters, including Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton and Paul Giamatti.

Other Stateside offerings to look out for include Walter Salles’ adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road featuring Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart and Kirstin Dunst, The Paperboy by Lee Daniels (who unexpectedly knocked audiences for six when he was at the festival three years ago with Precious) and Mud by Jeff Nichols, the story of two teenagers who attempt to help a fugitive escape from a Mississippi Island. Nichols returns a year after the premiere of Take Shelter with a sparkly cast including Reese Witherspoon and Michael Shannon.

Even some revered European directors are, perhaps uncharacteristically, working with actors well used to the sight of a red carpet. Marion Cotillard who can be seen later this year in The Dark Knight Rises stars in Rust & Bone, Jacques Audiard’s follow up to his brilliantly crafted film A Prophet, while French fantasist Leos Carax comes to the festival with Holy Motors starring Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue. And Michael Haneke, winner of the Palme D’Or in 2009 for The White Ribbon, is again working with Isabelle Huppert for Amour, the story of a couple dealing with life after the wife suffers a stroke.

And there’s one solitary British offering: Ken Loach will be visiting la Croisette for his latest film The Angels’ Share. In contrast to the glamour of the rest of the competition, the film offers some Glasgow-style grit; filmed in the city last summer it follows four friends, who meet while carrying out community service and are inspired to improve their lives after a visit to a whisky distillery.

Cannes Film Festival takes place Thu 16–Sun 27 May.


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