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Cannes 2012: Walter Salles and David Cronenberg among Palme d'Or competitors

On The Road

Story by Jack Foley

WALTER Salles’ keenly anticipated adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s novel On The Road (pictured) will screen in competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival along with David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, starring Robert Pattinson.

In what looks like a strong line-up of filmmakers and contenders, past Palme d’Or winner and British director Ken Loach will also be competing for his latest film, The Angels’ Share, as will Wes Anderson’s opening film Moonrise Kingdom.

A total of 21 films will compete for this year’s honour once the festival begins on May 16.

A lot of eyes are on Salles’ On The Road, in particular, given the perceived difficulty in bringing Kerouac’s largely autobiographical tale to the screen. His film stars British actor Sam Riley alongside Garrett Hedlund and Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart.

Of the other contenders, Loach will be seen as a threat given Cannes’ affection for him – the director has been nominated on 11 previous occasions, winning in 2006 for The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

Other notable contenders include German filmmaker Michael Haneke, who will show Love in competition, having previously won the Palme d’Or in 2009 for The White Ribbon.

While Lee Daniels, whose film Precious was Oscar-nominated in 2010, will show The Paperboy, a movie about a reporter investigating a death row inmate starring Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman and Matthew McConaughey.

New Zealander Andrew Dominik re-teams with The Assassination of Jesse James leading man Brad Pitt for Killing Them Softly, which looks set to bring Pitt back to the Croisette.

And Australian John Hillcoat, who directed Cormac McCarthy adaptation The Road, will make his Cannes competition debut with Lawless starring Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman.

France’s Jacques Audiard, who won the Cannes Grand Jury prize in 2009 for A Prophet, will be showing Rust and Bone, which stars Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard.

And prolific film-maker Alain Resnais will be competing in his fifth Palme d’Or, with You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet.

The complete shortlist of competing films is below. The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 16 to 27 and sees Italian director Nanni Moretti heading the jury that will select the Palme d’Or winner.

In Competition
Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson – opening night film
Amour (Michael Haneke)
The Angels’ Share (Ken Loach)
Baad el mawkeaa (Yousry Nasrallah)
Beyond the Hills (Cristian Mungiu)
Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg)
Holy Motors (Leos Carax)
The Hunt (Thomas Vinterberg)
Killing Them Softly (Andrew Dominik)
In Another Country (Hong Sang-soo)
In the Fog (Sergei Loznitsa)
Lawless (John Hillcoat)
Like Someone in Love (Abbas Kiarostami)
Mud (Jeff Nichols)
On the Road (Walter Salles)
The Paperboy (Lee Daniels)
Paradies: Liebe (Ulrich Seidl)
Post tenebras lux (Carlos Reygadas)
Reality (Matteo Garrone)
Rust & Bone (Jacques Audiard)
Taste of Money (Im Sang-soo)
You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet (Alain Resnais)

Un Certain Regard
7 Days in Havana (Benicio del Toro, Pablo Trapero, Julio Medem, Elia
Suleiman, Juan Carlos Tabio, Gaspar Noe, Laurent Cantet)
11.25 The Day He Chose His Own Fate (Koji Wakamatsu)
Antiviral (Brandon Cronenberg)
Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin)
Confession of a Child of the Century (Sylvie Verheyde)
Despues de Lucia (Michel Franco)
La Pirogue (Moussa Toure)
La Playa (Juan Andres Arango)
Laurence Anyways (Xavier Dolan)
Le grand soir (Benoit Delepine, Gustave Kervern)
Les Chevaux de Dieu (Nabil Ayouch)
Loving Without Reason (Joachim Lafosse)
Miss Lovely (Ashim Ahluwalia)
Mystery (Lou Ye)
Student (Darezhan Omirbayev)
Trois mondes (Catherine Corsini)
White Elephant (Pablo Trapero)

Out of Competition
Hemingway & Gellhorn, Philip Kaufman
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon)
Me and You (Bernardo Bertolucci)

Midnight screenings
Dario Argento’s Dracula (Dario Argento)
The Legend of Love & Sincerity, Japan (Takashi Miike)

Special Screenings
A musica segundo Tom Jobim (Nelson Pereira Dos Santos)
The Central Park Five (Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon)
Der Mull im Garten Eden (Fatih Akin)
Journal de France (Claudine Nougaret, Raymond Depardon)
Les Invisibles (Sebastien Lifshitz)
Mekong Hotel (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (Laurent Bouzereau)
Villegas (Gonzalo Tobal)

Closing Night Film
Therese D (Claude Miller)