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Ken Loach's Jimmy's Hall and Ryan Gosling's Lost River headed to Cannes 2014

Jimmy's Hall

Story by Jack Foley

JIMMY’S Hall (pictured), the new film from Ken Loach, and Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River will both be featured at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Loach’s film, which dramatises the deportation of a 1930s Irish activist, will play in competition, while Gosling’s will screen as part of Un Certain Regard.

Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks and former Doctor Who Matt Smith are among the cast of Lost River, which is described as a dark fantasy. It was formerly known as How to Catch a Monster.

This year’s Cannes Film Festival will be opened by Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly.

Among its other higher profile films will be the world premiere of animated sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2, which will screen out of competition.

Of the film’s vying with Loach for the Palme d’Or (the festival’s top honour), Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner, starring Timothy Spall as the artist JMW Turner, is among the British hopefuls.

While Tommy Lee Jones’ latest directorial effort The Homesman, a period western in which he also stars alongside Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank, leads the US charge among the 18 on the official shortlist.

The other American entry is Foxcatcher, in which Anchorman’s Steve Carell stars as an eccentric millionaire whose dealings with a pair of Olympic wrestlers lead to murder.

Belgian siblings the Dardennes (Jean-Pierre and Luc) return with Two Days, One Night, a drama starring French actress Marion Cotillard. They have previously won the Palme d’Or in 1999 and 2005.

While Michel Hazavinicius, whose silent film homage The Artist went on to win five Oscars following its Cannes premiere in 2011, will also return with his follow-up feature The Search, starring the French director’s actress wife Berenice Bejo and Annette Bening. The film tells of an NGO worker who bonds with a young boy in war-torn Chechnya.

Atom Egoyan, meanwhile, will premiere The Captive, a thriller starring Ryan Reynolds as a father trying to recover his kidnapped daughter.

And David Cronenberg’s Hollywood satire Maps To The Stars, starring Robert Pattinson, will also be hoping for awards success. Pattinson, incidentally, will debut two films – The Rover, an Australian crime drama from the director of Animal Kingdom, will have a special midnight screening.

Two female directors are also included on the shortlist: Naomi Kawase of Japan and Alice Rohrwacher of Italy.

New Zealand’s Jane Campion, whose film The Piano was named joint winner of the Palme d’Or in 1993, will head this year’s main competition jury.

The 67th Cannes Film Festival runs from May 14 to 25, 2014. A complete list of this year’s official selection is available on the Cannes Film Festival website.