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.
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.
Mud 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.
The Paperboy 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.