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Cannes festival lineup mixes Hollywood star power, world cinema

By Alexandria Sage PARIS (Reuters) - Hollywood star power will vie with world cinema and a large crop of French films, including New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard's latest, for the top prize next month at the 67th Cannes film festival, the world's most important cinema showcase. Godard's "Adieu au Langage" will bring the accustomed Gallic flair to the swanky festival on the palm-lined French Riviera, whose top Palme d'Or prize can significantly boost a movie's revenue and awards potential.

Cannes film festival launches race for 2014 Palme d'Or

Movies by David Cronenberg, Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach are among the films selected to compete for the top Palme d'Or prize at next month's Cannes Film Festival, organisers said on Thursday. After months of speculation, just 18 of the more than 1,700 films submitted were rewarded with a berth in a line-up packed with Cannes' signature mix of established names and arthouse "auteurs".

Films in the running for the Cannes festival Palme d'Or

The Cannes film festival on Thursday unveiled the line-up of movies that will go head to head in the race for the Palme d'Or at the French Riviera festival on May 14-25. Here are the 18 films chosen to compete before the jury headed by New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion: - "Sils Maria", Olivier Assayas - "Saint Laurent", Bertrand Bonello - "Kis Uykusu", Nuri Bilge Ceylan - "Maps to the Stars", David Cronenberg - "Deux Jours, Une Nuit", Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne - "Mommy", Xavier Dolan - "Captives", Atom Egoyan

Cannes film festival launches race for 2014 Palme d'Or

Movies by David Cronenberg, Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach are among the films selected to compete for the top Palme d'Or prize at next month's Cannes Film Festival, organisers said on Thursday. Just 18 of the more than 1,700 films submitted have been rewarded with a coveted slot on the Cannes shortlist. Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars", Godard's "Adieu au Langage", Leigh's "Mr Turner" and Loach's "Jimmy's Hall", which is expected to be his last feature, will all be in competition at the May 14-25 movie extravaganza on the French Riviera.

Cronenberg, Godard, Leigh, Loach in race for Cannes top prize

Movies by David Cronenberg, Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach are among the films selected to compete for the top Palme d'Or prize at next month's Cannes Film Festival, organisers said on Thursday. Just 18 films of the more than 1,700 submitted have been rewarded with a slot in the competition shortlist, which was unveiled in Paris by festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux. har-mm/yad

Cannes film festival launches race for 2014 Palme d'Or

Cannes film festival organisers on Thursday unveil their pick of the A-listers and art house "auteurs" chosen to take part in this year's movie extravaganza on the French Riviera. Of the hundreds of films submitted each year, only around 20 are rewarded with a coveted slot in the official line-up of films invited to compete for the top Palme d'Or prize. Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux will end months of speculation when he reveals the movies that have made the cut in a ceremony in Paris.

Korean film included in Cannes' Cinefondation lineup

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- A short film by a South Korean university student will compete for prizes for cinema schools during this year's Cannes International Film Festival, organizers said. "Soom (Breath)" by Kwon Hyun-ju, a student of Chung-Ang University in Seoul, was among the 16 films shortlisted for the Cinefondation category of the 67th festival, according to a press release by the festival on Wednesday. They were shortlisted from 1,631 films submitted this year by cinema schools from around the world.

Cannes film festival prepares to unveil its A-list

Cannes film festival organisers will on Thursday fire the starting gun for this year's Riviera movie extravaganza when they unveil the films chosen to compete for its top Palme d'Or prize. Always a heady mix of traditional A-list glamour and quirky filmmaking spiced up with a dash of controversy, the festival selects only around 20 of the 1,800 or so films submitted each year.

French 'Matrix' actor to host Cannes film festival

French actor Lambert Wilson, best known for his role as The Merovingian in two Matrix films, is to host the opening and closing ceremonies at this year's Cannes film festival. Wilson, 55, will introduce president of the jury Jane Campion on stage at the opening ceremony on May 14, as well as steer the closing awards ceremony on May 24, festival organisers said in a statement on Friday. "The epitome of elegance, this multi-talented artist who describes himself as a 'sociable hermit' divides his time between the theatre, the cinema and singing," the organisers added.

Andrea Arnold to head Critics' Week jury at Cannes filmfest

Andrea Arnold of Britain, director of "Red Road" and "Wuthering Heights", will head this year's Critics' Week jury at the Cannes Film Festival, organisers said. Arnold, 52, received the festival's Jury Prize in 2006 and 2009. The Critics' Week section, designed to showcase new talent, will run May 15-23 and its jury will be made up of four international journalists. They will pick one of seven feature films to succeed last year's "Salvo" by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza for the honour.
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