This year's lineup features debuts from the likes of Directors Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg, Michel Hazanavicius, Tommy Lee Jones and Ryan Gosling making their Cannes debut.
Miller's eagerly anticipated sports drama "Foxcatcher" stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo is amongst 18 films competing for Canne's highest honor, the Palme d'Or awards, alongside Cronenberg's "Map to the Stars," Jones' "The Homesman," Hazanavicius' "The Search" and Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner."
Ryan Gosling directorial debut will screen in Cannes' Un Certain Regard section. His film "Lost River" stars Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, Saoirse Ronan and Matt Smith.
Also competing for the top prize are two women directors, Naomi Kawase of Japan and Alice Rohrwacher of Italy; "The Artist" director Michel Hazanavicius of France, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach of Britain, and Belgium's Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who will be angling for their third Palme d'Or.
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But Cannes is about far more than just the top award. Some 49 feature-length films from 28 nations -- including 15 by women directors -- will be shown at the 11-day cinema extravaganza.
"It is important for us that the Cannes selection is a voyage through cinema and the world," Director-General Thierry Fremaux said.
Director Jane Campion, the only woman to win the Palme d'Or, is leading this year's jury festival, which opens with Nicole Kidman starring in the world premiere of director Olivier Dahan's out-of-competition biopic "Grace of Monaco".
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