Among the impressive lineup of films screening the Cannes Film Festival, several North American films will be featured in the mix, starting with the opening film Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson.
Other directors included in the program are David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method) and Lee Daniels (Precious), whose entries are among four US films slated for the competition section.
Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) and actor Benicio del Toro also are included in the festival program as well as a Hollywood animated blockbuster from Dreamworks Studios.
Hollywood stars of these films who may bring to the glamour to Cannes could include Brad Pitt, Kristen Stewart, Bruce Willis, Josh Hutcherson and Nicole Kidman, who are featured in the following films at the prestigious festival, May 16-27.Moonrise Kingdom
Opening the festival is the latest quirky comedy directed by Wes Anderson and his first to screen at Cannes. The all-star cast includes Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Frances McDormand. Set in the 1960s, Moonrise follows two youngsters who run away from their small New England town, launching a search party to find them.
Based on the novel of the same name by Don DeLillo, this story follows a 28-year-old billionaire, played by Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga) on a wild trip across Manhattan to get a haircut that takes a bad turn over a 24-hour period. Directed by David Cronenberg, the film also stars Jay Baruchel, Paul Giamatti and Juliette Binoche. Releases this summer.
On the Road
Starring Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen and Amy Adams, this adaptation by director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) of the iconic Beat novel by Jack Kerouac, circa 1957, tells about the search for "it" across the US. Produced by Francis Ford Coppola, the film will be in competition at the festival. It releases in June in Europe and rolls out in summer around the world.
7 Days in Havana
Similar to Paris, Je T'Aime and New York, I Love You, featuring various stories by different directors, this film stars Josh Hutcherson (Hunger Games) and Melissa Rivera (Burlesque). Directed by actor Benicio Del Toro, Laurent Cantet and others, this is a Spanish-language film, shot in Havana, with each segment occurring on one day of the week.
Starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman, this film follows three brothers, whiskey bootleggers during the US Prohibition period, and corrupt authorities. Adapted from the novel The Wettest County in the World and directed by John Hillcoat (The Road), the film also features Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce and Mia Wasikowska. To be released August 31 in North America, rolling out worldwide this summer.
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
This computer-animated family-friendly feature is the third of the series and set in Europe. It will be shown in Cannes's non-competition screening before it releases worldwide in June. The tale of a giraffe, a lion, and other creatures trying to get home to Manhattan via a zoo in Europe features the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jessica Chastain.
Other films on the program, with trailers yet to be released:
Killing Them Softly
This thriller, starring Brad Pitt and Ray Liotta, is a story set in New Orleans about an enforcer who investigates a heist that happened during a high-stakes mob-protected poker game. Writer/director Andrew Dominik based the screenplay on the novel Cogan's Trade by George V. Higgins. The film is due for release in September.
Also in competition, this drama from writer and directed by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter) centers on two teenage boys who encounter a fugitive and help him escape. Stars Matthew McConaughey, Michael Shannon and Reese Witherspoon.
From the acclaimed novel by Pete Dexter of the same name, this film by Lee Daniels stars John Cusack, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron in a story about a reporter who returns to his Florida hometown to report on a case involving a death row inmate. This film is also featured in the competition.