It’s France vs. U.S. at Cannes

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It’s France vs. U.S. at Cannes

PARIS - 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.

Tommy Lee Jones, Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank in the frontier drama “The Homesman” will add Hollywood pizzazz.

The 18 films announced on Thursday in the prestigious main lineup include entries from Canada, Russia, Turkey, Italy and Japan, highlighting the international breadth of what Artistic Director Thierry Fremaux called “cinema’s great rendezvous”.

“What is important to us is that the selection at Cannes is a voyage in the world of cinema and in the world overall,” Fremaux told a news conference of film critics and journalists.

One of the world’s oldest film festivals, Cannes is a glamorous affair marked by a much-watched red carpet, a phalanx of tuxedo-clad photographers, luxury yachts bobbing in the old port and a rotating cast of autograph-signing celebrities. Opening the May 14-25 festival is an out-of-competition screening of “Grace of Monaco”, a biopic starring Nicole Kidman directed by French director Olivier Dahan.


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