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Cannes Film Festival: 2012 Lineup Includes Brad Pitt, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart And More

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: Updated: 05/16/2012 5:43 am

Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival will open with Wes Anderson's new film "Moonrise Kingdom," and feature the latest work from David Cronenberg ("Cosmopolis"), Andrew Dominik ("Killing Them Softly"), Michael Haneke ("Amour"), Walter Salles ("On the Road"), Lee Daniels ("The Paperboy") and John Hillcoat ("Lawless") among others. The fest will also debut the coming animated blockbuster "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted."

The highly anticipated film festival -- which runs from May 16 to May 27 -- will host a bevy of stars thanks to its impressive lineup. "Twilight" fans should especially take note, as Robert Pattinson ("Cosmopolis") and Kristen Stewart ("On the Road") will potentially visit the French Riviera in support of their films.

Other films of interest include Dominik's "Killing Them Softly," his follow-up to "The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford." Like that film, Dominik's latest has Brad Pitt in a leading role. There's also "The Paperboy," a legal thriller starring Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, Zac Efron and Matthew McConaughey, and "Lawless," which features Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf.

Despite some early speculation, the 65th addition of Cannes will not play host to Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master." The long-awaited film -- about a religious zealot (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who watches his religion rise during the 1950s in a way that may recall Scientology -- was not among the films chosen to debut at Cannes. Neither was the latest feature from Terrence Malick. "The Tree of Life," Malick's last film, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011.

Claude Miller's "Therese D," which stars Audrey Tautou, closes out this year's fest. Check out the full lineup below.


"Moonrise Kingdom" (dir. Wes Anderson) (OPENING NIGHT)
"Amour" (dir. Michael Haneke)
"The Angel's Share" (dir. Ken Loach)
"Baad EL Mawkeaa (Apres La Bataille") (dir. Yousry Nasrallah)
"Beyond The Hills" (dir. Cristian Mungiu)
"Cosmopolis" (dir. David Cronenberg)
"Holy Motors" (dir. Leos Carax)
"The Hunt" (dir. Thomas Vinterberg)
"In Another Country" (dir. Hong Sang-Soo)
"Im Nebels (Dans La Brume)" (dir. Sergei Loznitsa)
"Killing Them Softly" (dir. Andrew Dominik)
"Lawless" (dir. John Hillcoat)
"Like Someone In Love" (dir. Abbas Kiarostami)
"Moonrise Kingdom" (dir. Wes Anderson)
"Mud" (dir. Jeff Nichols)
"On The Road" (dir. Walter Salles)
"Paradies: Liebe" (dir. Ulrich Seidl)
"The Paperboy" (dir. Lee Daniels)
"Post Tenebras Lux" (dir. Carlos Reygadas)
"Reality" (dir. Matteo Garrone)
"Rust & Bone" (dir. Jacques Audiard)
"Taste Of Money" (dir. Im Sang-Soo)
"Vous N'Avez Encoure Rien Vu" (dir. Alain Resnais)
"Therese D." (dir. Claude Miller) (CLOSING NIGHT)

Un Certain Regard:
"Miss Lovely" (dir. Ashim Ahluwalia)
"La Playa" (dir. Juan Andres Arango)
"Les Chevaus De Dieu" (dir. Nabil Ayouch)
"Trois Mondes" (dir. Catheron Corsini)
"Antiviral" (dir. Brandon Cronenberg)
"7 Days In Havana" (dir. Benicio Del Toro, Laurent Cantet, Gaspar Noe etc)
"Le Grand Soir" (dir. Benoit Delepine & Gustave Kervern)
"Laurence Anyways" (dir. Xavier Dolan)
"Despues De Lucia" (dir. Michel Franco)
"Aimer A Perdre La Raison" (dir. Joachim Lafosse)
"Mystery" (dir. Lou Ye)
"Student" (dir. Darezhan Omirbayev)
"La Pirogue" (dir. Moussa Toure)
"Elefante Blanco" (dir. Pablo Trapero)
"Confession Of A Child Of The Century" (dir. Sylvie Verheyde)
"11.25: The Day He Chose His Own Fate" (dir. Koji Wakamatsu)
"Beasts Of The Southern Wild" (dir. Benh Zeitlin)

Out of Competition:
"Une Journee Particuliere" (dir. Gilles Jacob and Samuel Faure)
"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" (dir. Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath)
"Dario Argento's Dracula" (dir. Dario Argento)
"Io E Te" (dir. Bernardo Berolucci)
"Hemingway & Gellhorn" (Dir. Philip Kaufman)
"Ai To Makoto" (dir. Takashi Miike)

Special Screening:
"Der Mull Im Garten Eden" (dir. Faith Akin)
"Mekong Hotel" (dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
"Villegas" (dir. Gonzalo Tobal)
"A Musica Segundo Tom Jobim" (dir. Nelson Pereira Do Santos)
"Journal De France" (dir. Claudine Nougaret & Raymond Depardon)
"Les Invisbles" (dir. Sebastien Lifshitz)
"The Central Park Five" (dir. Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon)
"Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir" (dir. Laurent Bouzereau)

PHOTOS: Stars Head to Cannes

  • Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart

    The "Twilight" stars play lead roles in "Cosmopolis" and "On the Road," respectively. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Brad Pitt

    Pitt stars in "Killing Them Softly," about a small-time criminal. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Lee Daniels & John Cusack

    Daniels, whose last film was "Precious," directs Cusack in the legal thriller "The Paperboy." (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images For Relativity Media)

  • Nicole Kidman

    Kidman co-stars in "The Paperboy." (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • Tom Hardy

    Hardy plays a bootlegger in the Prohibition-era drama "Lawless," which John Hillcoat ("The Road") directs. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

  • Shia LaBeouf

    LaBeouf also co-stars in "Lawless." (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)

  • Wes Anderson

    The crown prince of twee debuts his new film "Moonrise Kingdom" at the Cannes Film Festival. It's Anderson's first live-action affair since "The Darjeeling Limited." (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

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