Cannes festival lineup mixes Hollywood star power, world cinema

Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:05am EDT
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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.

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.

Featuring in the main lineup are two female directors - Italy's Alice Rohrwacher with "Le Meraviglie" and "Futatsume No Mado" (Two Windows)" from Japan's Naomi Kawase - with Oscar-winning New Zealand director Jane Campion leading its jury.

Campion is the first and only woman to have won the Palme d'Or, for "The Piano" in 1993, and the paucity of female directors has been criticized in recent years.   Continued...

Cannes Film festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux (L) and its director Gilles Jacob pose near this year's poster after a news conference to announce the competing films at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Paris April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier