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Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes

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PARIS (AP) — David Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western, and reclusive New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard returns in 3-D in films competing for top honors at next month’s Cannes Film Festival.

Organizers of the ritzy Riviera festival famed for its red-carpet glamour announced the much-heralded lineup Thursday for the May 14-25 event, including 18 films vying for the top prize – the Palme d’Or.

Cannes organizers insist the films are chosen based on the art. But some themes in this year’s crop are unmistakable: based-on-real-life stories of Olympic wrestlers, fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and British painter J.M.W. Turner; themes of solitude, or the Old West; daily life in northern Mali under jihadist control or in today’s Russia.

Aside from Godard and Cronenberg, several other Cannes veterans are back, including Britain’s Mike Leigh and Ken Loach of Britain, and Belgium’s Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne – who will be angling for their third Palme d’Or. Michel Hazanavicius, the French director of the Oscar-winning silent film “The Artist,” also returns.

Films by two women – Naomi Kawase of Japan and Alice Rohrwacher of Italy – are also in the running. Event organizers have faced recent criticism for not selecting more films by female directors.

But Cannes is about far more than just competition for the top award. Some 49 feature-length films from 28 countries – including 15 by female directors – and many short films will be shown at the 11-day cinema extravaganza.

“It is important for us that the Cannes selection is a voyage through cinema and the world,” Director-General Thierry Fremaux said. “You can find in the official selection a lot of … big names, but also young, new directors.”

He noted that while some films have funny moments, no full-blown comedies are in the competition.

Director Jane Campion, the only woman to win the Palme d’Or, is leading this year’s festival jury, which opens with Nicole Kidman starring in director Olivier Dahan’s out-of-competition biopic “Grace of Monaco.”

In the Palme d’Or chase, Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” takes aim at today’s media-crazed society, while Jones directs and acts in “The Homesman” alongside Hilary Swank, about a man charged with escorting people through the Old West.

Famed Swiss director Godard, who has never won a Palme d’Or and last competed for it in 2001, will present “Adieu Au Language” (“Goodbye to Language”) – whether on hand himself or not – a film described only cryptically by Cannes organizers.

“I’m not going to tell you much, but it’s a film that’s impossible to summarize. It’s an act of cinema, it’s a poem, it’s a cry or it’s a sigh,” Fremaux told France-Info radio. “It is in relief, it’s in 3-D. Jean-Luc Godard doesn’t stop being modern.”

Canadian actor Ryan Gosling makes his directorial debut among 19 films competing for the “Un Certain Regard” prize, presented a day before the Palme d’Or to honor up-and-coming or innovative filmmakers.

Gosling’s “Lost River” stars Christina Hendricks and will be up against films from Italy’s Asia Argento, France’s Mathieu Amalric and “Paris, Texas” director Wim Wenders of Germany.

Adding to the international tilt, Chinese actress Gong Li returns to the Cannes red carpet in Zhang Yimou’s “Coming Home,” screening out of competition.

This year’s Cannes poster features a black-and-white photo of the late Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni, a conscious choice of a male after criticism that past posters featuring women had unfairly objectified them, Fremaux said.

Last year, in a first, the Palme d’Or was shared by two actresses for “Blue is the Warmest Color” along with its director.

Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes

KDWN

PARIS (AP) — David Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western, and reclusive New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard returns in 3-D in films competing for top honors at next month’s Cannes Film Festival.

Organizers of the ritzy Riviera festival famed for its red-carpet glamour announced the much-heralded lineup Thursday for the May 14-25 event, including 18 films vying for the top prize – the Palme d’Or.

Cannes organizers insist the films are chosen based on the art. But some themes in this year’s crop are unmistakable: based-on-real-life stories of Olympic wrestlers, fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and British painter J.M.W. Turner; themes of solitude, or the Old West; daily life in northern Mali under jihadist control or in today’s Russia.

Aside from Godard and Cronenberg, several other Cannes veterans are back, including Britain’s Mike Leigh and Ken Loach of Britain, and Belgium’s Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne – who will be angling for their third Palme d’Or. Michel Hazanavicius, the French director of the Oscar-winning silent film “The Artist,” also returns.

Films by two women – Naomi Kawase of Japan and Alice Rohrwacher of Italy – are also in the running. Event organizers have faced recent criticism for not selecting more films by female directors.

But Cannes is about far more than just competition for the top award. Some 49 feature-length films from 28 countries – including 15 by female directors – and many short films will be shown at the 11-day cinema extravaganza.

“It is important for us that the Cannes selection is a voyage through cinema and the world,” Director-General Thierry Fremaux said. “You can find in the official selection a lot of … big names, but also young, new directors.”

He noted that while some films have funny moments, no full-blown comedies are in the competition.

Director Jane Campion, the only woman to win the Palme d’Or, is leading this year’s festival jury, which opens with Nicole Kidman starring in director Olivier Dahan’s out-of-competition biopic “Grace of Monaco.”

In the Palme d’Or chase, Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” takes aim at today’s media-crazed society, while Jones directs and acts in “The Homesman” alongside Hilary Swank, about a man charged with escorting people through the Old West.

Famed Swiss director Godard, who has never won a Palme d’Or and last competed for it in 2001, will present “Adieu Au Language” (“Goodbye to Language”) – whether on hand himself or not – a film described only cryptically by Cannes organizers.

“I’m not going to tell you much, but it’s a film that’s impossible to summarize. It’s an act of cinema, it’s a poem, it’s a cry or it’s a sigh,” Fremaux told France-Info radio. “It is in relief, it’s in 3-D. Jean-Luc Godard doesn’t stop being modern.”

Canadian actor Ryan Gosling makes his directorial debut among 19 films competing for the “Un Certain Regard” prize, presented a day before the Palme d’Or to honor up-and-coming or innovative filmmakers.

Gosling’s “Lost River” stars Christina Hendricks and will be up against films from Italy’s Asia Argento, France’s Mathieu Amalric and “Paris, Texas” director Wim Wenders of Germany.

Adding to the international tilt, Chinese actress Gong Li returns to the Cannes red carpet in Zhang Yimou’s “Coming Home,” screening out of competition.

This year’s Cannes poster features a black-and-white photo of the late Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni, a conscious choice of a male after criticism that past posters featuring women had unfairly objectified them, Fremaux said.

Last year, in a first, the Palme d’Or was shared by two actresses for “Blue is the Warmest Color” along with its director.

Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes

KDWN

PARIS (AP) — David Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western and reclusive New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard returns in 3-D in films competing at next month’s Cannes Film Festival.

Organizers of the famed Riviera festival announced the much-heralded lineup Thursday for the May 14-25 event, including 18 films vying for the top prize – the Palme d’Or.

Also competing for the top prize are two women directors, Naomi Kawase of Japan and Alice Rohrwacher of Italy; “The Artist” director Michel Hazanavicius of France, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach of Britain, and Belgium’s Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who will be angling for their third Palme d’Or.

But Cannes is about far more than just the top award. Some 49 feature-length films from 28 nations – including 15 by women directors – will be shown at the 11-day cinema extravaganza.

“It is important for us that the Cannes selection is a voyage through cinema and the world,” Director-General Thierry Fremaux said.

Director Jane Campion, the only woman to win the Palme d’Or, is leading this year’s jury festival, which opens with Nicole Kidman starring in the world premiere of director Olivier Dahan’s out-of-competition biopic “Grace of Monaco.”

In the Palme d’Or chase, Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” takes aim at today’s media-crazed society, while Jones directs and acts in “The Homesman” alongside Hilary Swank and Godard presents his movie “Adieu Au Language” (“Goodbye to Language”).

Canadian actor Ryan Gosling makes his directorial debut among the 19 films competing for the “Un Certain Regard” prize, presented a day before the Palme d’Or to honor up-and-coming or innovative filmmakers.

Gosling’s “Lost River” stars Christina Hendricks and will be up against films from Italy’s Asia Argento, France’s Mathieu Amalric and “Paris, Texas” director Wim Wenders of Germany.

Adding to the international tilt, Chinese actress Gong Li returns to the Cannes red carpet in Zhang Yimou’s “Coming Home,” screening out of competition.

Cannes bosses took some flack two years ago after no film by any female director was in the competition. Fremaux said at the time that cinema needed to give “greater space” to women, and not just at Cannes.

This year’s festival poster features a black-and-white photo of the late Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni – a conscious choice of a male following criticism that past posters featuring women had unfairly objectified them, Fremaux said.

Last year, in a first, the Palme d’Or was shared by two actresses for “Blue is the Warmest Color” along with its director.

Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes

KDWN

PARIS (AP) — David Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western and reclusive New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard returns in 3-D in films competing at next month’s Cannes Film Festival.

Organizers of the famed Riviera festival announced the much-heralded lineup Thursday for the May 14-25 event, including 18 films vying for the top prize – the Palme d’Or.

Also competing for the top prize are two women directors, Naomi Kawase of Japan and Alice Rohrwacher of Italy; “The Artist” director Michel Hazanavicius of France, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach of Britain, and Belgium’s Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who will be angling for their third Palme d’Or.

But Cannes is about far more than just the top award. Some 49 feature-length films from 28 nations – including 15 by women directors – will be shown at the 11-day cinema extravaganza.

“It is important for us that the Cannes selection is a voyage through cinema and the world,” Director-General Thierry Fremaux said.

Director Jane Campion, the only woman to win the Palme d’Or, is leading this year’s jury festival, which opens with Nicole Kidman starring in the world premiere of director Olivier Dahan’s out-of-competition biopic “Grace of Monaco.”

In the Palme d’Or chase, Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” takes aim at today’s media-crazed society, while Jones directs and acts in “The Homesman” alongside Hilary Swank and Godard presents his movie “Adieu Au Language” (“Goodbye to Language”).

Canadian actor Ryan Gosling makes his directorial debut among the 19 films competing for the “Un Certain Regard” prize, presented a day before the Palme d’Or to honor up-and-coming or innovative filmmakers.

Gosling’s “Lost River” stars Christina Hendricks and will be up against films from Italy’s Asia Argento, France’s Mathieu Amalric and “Paris, Texas” director Wim Wenders of Germany.

Adding to the international tilt, Chinese actress Gong Li returns to the Cannes red carpet in Zhang Yimou’s “Coming Home,” screening out of competition.

Cannes bosses took some flack two years ago after no film by any female director was in the competition. Fremaux said at the time that cinema needed to give “greater space” to women, and not just at Cannes.

This year’s festival poster features a black-and-white photo of the late Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni – a conscious choice of a male following criticism that past posters featuring women had unfairly objectified them, Fremaux said.

Last year, in a first, the Palme d’Or was shared by two actresses for “Blue is the Warmest Color” along with its director.

Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes

KDWN

PARIS (AP) — David Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western and reclusive New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard returns in 3-D in films competing at next month’s Cannes Film Festival.

Organizers of the famed Riviera festival announced the much-heralded lineup Thursday for the May 14-25 event, including 18 films vying for the top prize – the Palme d’Or.

Also competing for the top prize are two women directors, Naomi Kawase of Japan and Alice Rohrwacher of Italy; “The Artist” director Michel Hazanavicius of France, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach of Britain, and Belgium’s Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who will be angling for their third Palme d’Or.

But Cannes is about far more than just the top award. Some 49 feature-length films from 28 nations – including 15 by women directors – will be shown at the 11-day cinema extravaganza.

“It is important for us that the Cannes selection is a voyage through cinema and the world,” Director-General Thierry Fremaux said.

Director Jane Campion, the only woman to win the Palme d’Or, is leading this year’s jury festival, which opens with Nicole Kidman starring in the world premiere of director Olivier Dahan’s out-of-competition biopic “Grace of Monaco.”

In the Palme d’Or chase, Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” takes aim at today’s media-crazed society, while Jones directs and acts in “The Homesman” alongside Hilary Swank and Godard presents his movie “Adieu Au Language” (“Goodbye to Language”).

Canadian actor Ryan Gosling makes his directorial debut among the 19 films competing for the “Un Certain Regard” prize, presented a day before the Palme d’Or to honor up-and-coming or innovative filmmakers.

Gosling’s “Lost River” stars Christina Hendricks and will be up against films from Italy’s Asia Argento, France’s Mathieu Amalric and “Paris, Texas” director Wim Wenders of Germany.

Adding to the international tilt, Chinese actress Gong Li returns to the Cannes red carpet in Zhang Yimou’s “Coming Home,” screening out of competition.

Cannes bosses took some flack two years ago after no film by any female director was in the competition. Fremaux said at the time that cinema needed to give “greater space” to women, and not just at Cannes.

This year’s festival poster features a black-and-white photo of the late Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni – a conscious choice of a male following criticism that past posters featuring women had unfairly objectified them, Fremaux said.

Last year, in a first, the Palme d’Or was shared by two actresses for “Blue is the Warmest Color” along with its director.

Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes

KDWN

PARIS (AP) — David Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western and reclusive New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard returns in 3D in films competing at next month’s Cannes Film Festival.

Organizers of the famed Riviera festival announced the much-heralded lineup Thursday for the May 14-25 event, including 18 films vying for the top prize – the Palme d’Or.

Also competing for the top prize are two women directors, Naomi Kawase of Japan and Alice Rohrwacher of Italy; “The Artist” director Michel Hazanavicius of France, Britain’s Mike Leigh, Ken Loach of Ireland, and Belgium’s Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who will be angling for their third Palme d’Or.

But Cannes is about far more than just the top award. Some 49 feature-length films from 28 nations – including 15 by women directors – will be shown at the 11-day cinema extravaganza.

“It is important for us that the Cannes selection is a voyage through cinema, and the world,” Director-General Thierry Fremaux said.

Director Jane Campion, the only woman to win the Palme d’Or, is leading this year’s jury festival, which opens with Nicole Kidman starring in the world premiere of director Olivier Dahan’s out-of-competition biopic “Grace of Monaco.”

In the Palme d’Or chase, Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” takes aim at today’s media-crazed society, while Jones directs and acts in “The Homesman” alongside Hilary Swank and Godard presents his movie “Adieu Au Language” (“Goodbye to Language”).

American actor Ryan Gosling makes his directorial debut among the 19 films competing for the “Un Certain Regard” prize, presented a day before the Palme d’Or to honor up-and-coming or innovative filmmakers.

Gosling’s “Lost River” stars Christina Hendricks and will be up against films from Italy’s Asia Argento, France’s Mathieu Amalric and “Paris, Texas” director Wim Wenders of Germany.

Adding to the international tilt, Chinese actress Gong Li returns to the Cannes red carpet in Zhang Yimou’s “Coming Home,” screening out of competition.

Cannes bosses took some flack two years ago after no film by any female director was in the competition. Fremaux said at the time that cinema needed to give “greater space” to women, and not just at Cannes.

This year’s festival poster features a black-and-white photo of the late Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni – a conscious choice of a male following criticism that past posters featuring women had unfairly objectified them, Fremaux said.

Last year, in a first, the Palme d’Or was shared by two actresses for “Blue is the Warmest Color” along with its director.

Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes

KDWN

PARIS (AP) — A Tommy Lee Jones western and a David Cronenberg exposé about Hollywood’s culture are among the 18 films vying for the top prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Organizers of the famed Riviera festival announced the much-heralded lineup Thursday for the May 14-24 event.

In addition to Jones and Cronenberg, films vying for the top prize, the Palme d’Or, include those by two women directors, Naomi Kawase of Japan and Alice Rohrwacher of Italy; “The Artist” director Michael Hazanavicius; and famed New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard.

Britain’s Mike Leigh, Ireland’s Ken Loach also have entries in the running alongside the latest film by Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who will be angling for their third Palme d’Or.

The big-budget biopic “Grace of Monaco” by French director Olivier Dahan will hold its world premiere at the Cannes opening – but it’s not in competition.

Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, “How to Catch a Monster,” which stars Christina Hendricks, will be playing in Cannes’ side competition, Un Certain Regard.

Director Jane Campion, the only woman to win the Palme d’Or, is leading the festival’s jury this year.

Cannes bosses took some flack two years ago after no film by any female director was in the competition. Director-General Thierry Fremaux said at the time that cinema needed to give “greater space” to women, and not just at Cannes.

This year’s festival poster features a black-and-white photo of the late Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni – a conscious choice of a male following criticism that past posters featuring women had unfairly objectified them, Fremaux said.

Last year, in a first, the Palme d’Or was shared by two actresses for “Blue is the Warmest Color” along with its director.

Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes

KDWN

PARIS (AP) — A Tommy Lee Jones western and a David Cronenberg exposé about Hollywood’s culture are among the 18 films vying for the top prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Organizers of the famed Riviera festival announced the much-heralded lineup Thursday for the May 14-24 event.

In addition to Jones and Cronenberg, films vying for the top prize, the Palme d’Or, include those by two women directors, Naomi Kawase of Japan and Alice Rohrwacher of Italy; “The Artist” director Michael Hazanavicius; and famed New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard.

Britain’s Mike Leigh, Ireland’s Ken Loach also have entries in the running alongside the latest film by Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, who will be angling for their third Palme d’Or.

The big-budget biopic “Grace of Monaco” by French director Olivier Dahan will hold its world premiere at the Cannes opening – but it’s not in competition.

Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, “How to Catch a Monster,” which stars Christina Hendricks, will be playing in Cannes’ side competition, Un Certain Regard.

Director Jane Campion, the only woman to win the Palme d’Or, is leading the festival’s jury this year.

Cannes bosses took some flack two years ago after no film by any female director was in the competition. Director-General Thierry Fremaux said at the time that cinema needed to give “greater space” to women, and not just at Cannes.

This year’s festival poster features a black-and-white photo of the late Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni – a conscious choice of a male following criticism that past posters featuring women had unfairly objectified them, Fremaux said.

Last year, in a first, the Palme d’Or was shared by two actresses for “Blue is the Warmest Color” along with its director.

Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes

KDWN

PARIS (AP) — A Tommy Lee Jones western and a David Cronenberg expose on Hollywood are among the 18 films vying for the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

The festival organizers also said Thursday that two women directors and famed New Wave filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard will be in competition at the festival that runs May 14-25. The Belgian Dardenne brothers will be angling for their third Palme d’Or, as the top award is known.

Director Jane Campion, the only woman to win the Palme d’Or, is leading the festival’s jury this year for the competition on the Riviera resort.

Organizers have already said the big-budget biopic “Grace of Monaco” by French director Olivier Dahan will hold its world premiere at the Cannes opening.