Pitt, Kidman films to premiere at Cannes in 2012

Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:48pm EDT
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By Alexandria Sage

PARIS (Reuters) - Movies starring Brad Pitt and Nicole Kidman will premiere in Cannes this year, as the world's biggest film festival held on the glamorous French Riviera promises a strong North American accent in 2012.

Films from U.S. director Wes Anderson and Canada's David Cronenberg will be among 22 films vying for the coveted "Palme d'Or", the top prize at the glitzy cinema showcase which can significantly boost a picture's box office and awards potential.

Officials will be hoping that the blend of Hollywood star power and auteurs from around the globe will help the festival recover from last year's controversy when Danish director Lars Von Trier was expelled for making Nazi jokes during a press conference.

"Killing Me Softly," from New Zealand-born director Andrew Dominik, and co-starring "The Sopranos" James Gandolfini, sees Pitt investigating a heist during a mob-protected poker game.

Anderson's 1960s drama "Moonrise Kingdom," starring Ed Norton and Bill Murray, is set to kick off the May 16-27 festival, while Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis," starring "Twilight" hearthrob Robert Pattison, is also in the main running.

Conenberg's son Brandon is in the smaller "Un Certain Regard" selection with his debut, "Antiviral."

And Twilight fans will also be keen to get their teeth into "On the Road," the adaptation of Jack Kerouac's classic novel from Brazilian director Walter Salles. Its cast includes Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart as well as Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst.

Contenders from host country France include "Vous N'Avez Encore Rien Vu," from veteran European festival favorite Alain Resnais, 89, and Jacques Audiard's "De Rouille et D'Os" ("Rust and Bone") starring Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard.   Continued...

Actor Brad Pitt arrives for the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 12, 2012. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor