Hollywood stars will mingle with filmmakers from all over the world at next month’s Cannes Film Festival after organizers on Thursday unveiled a line-up heavy with international films. The films to be shown at the world’s most important cinema showcase were announced in a cinema on the Champs-Elysees underneath a huge video screen of this year’s Cannes poster – Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward curled up kissing. Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux said 1,858 films were submitted and the lineup would be “full of discovery, surprises and stars” at the May 15-26 event held each year on the glamorous French Riviera. The field was narrowed to 19 films to compete for the coveted Palme d’Or award, the top prize at the world’s biggest film festival which can significantly boost a picture’s box office and awards potential. Films in the main competition include Roman Polanski’s French-language adaptation of the play “Venus in Fur” in which he cast his wife Emmanuelle Seigner. Steven Soderbergh’s HBO movie “Behind the Candelabra,” starring Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover, and Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis,” were also given slots in the main competition. As previously announced, the festival will… Read full this story
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