Cannes Film Festival Announces 2013 Lineup: Most Anticipated Official Selections

The Cannes Film Festival announced its 2013 Official Selections on Thursday. The 66th Cannes will features new films by Sofia Coppola, Baz Luhrmann, Steven Soderbergh, Roman Polanski and the Coen Brothers.

The Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 15 to May 26, will open with Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby.” The opening film of Cannes is usually reserved for world premieres, such as “Moonrise Kingdom” in 2012, but the film festival is taking quite the gamble with the star-studded “The Great Gatsby.”

The adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel sees Luhrmann teaming up again with Leonardo DiCaprio; the two previously worked together in “Romeo and Juliet,” and also stars Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway. “The Great Gatsby” will be released on May 10 in the United States where audiences and critics will have already weighed in on the film before Cannes. If the film is a critical or commercial failure it could tarnish its premiere at Cannes.

In addition to “The Great Gatsby,” Cannes features plenty of festival regulars. Soderbergh will bring “Behind the Candelabra,” the Liberace biopic that will premiere on HBO on May 26, while the Coen Brothers return with “Inside Llewyn Davis” which stars Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake.

Other notable films include Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring,” which will open the Un Certain Regard sidebar, notes The Hollywood Reporter.

Nicolas Wending-Refn (“Drive”) will reteam with Ryan Gosling for “Only God Forgives,” which has already generated plenty of buzz following the release of the film’s trailer in April. Polanski will be presenting “Venus In Furs” at the festival and will be competing against the Coen Brothers, Wending-Refn and Soderbergh. Alexander Payne (“The Descendants”) will be premiering “Nebraska” at Cannes.

THR notes the strong global influence in Cannes list of Official Selections with plenty of Asian films scheduled to screen at the festival.

“Zulu,” directed by Jérôme Salle and starring Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker, will close the 66th Cannes Film Festival. Stephen Spielberg will preside over the jury that selects the Palme d’Or, which went to Michael Haneke for “Amour” in 2012.

The full list of Official Selections can be viewed below.

  • Opening film: The Great Gatsby, dir: Baz Luhrmann
  • Closing film: Zulu, dir: Jérôme Salle
  • Competition
  • Only God Forgives, dir: Nicolas Winding-Refn
  • La Grande Bellezza, dir: Paolo Sorrentino
  • Behind The Candelabra, Steven Soderbergh
  • The Immigrant, dir: James Gray
  • Venus In Fur, dir: Roman Poalnski
  • Straw Shield, dir: Takashi Miike
  • Nebraska, dir: Alexander Payne
  • Jeune Et Jolie, dir: Francois Ozon
  • The Past, dir: Asghar Farhadi
  • Inside Llewyn Davis, dir: Joel & Ethan Coen
  • Jimmy P., dir: Arnaud Desplechin
  • Heli, dir: Amat Escalante
  • Grisgris, dir: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
  • Like Father Like Son, dir: Hirokazu Kore-Eda
  • La Vie D’Adèle, dir: Abdellatif Kechiche
  • Borgman, dir: Alex Vann Warmerdam
  • A Touch Of Sin, dir: Zhangke Jia
  • Michael Kohlhaas, dir: Arnaud Despallières
  • Un Château En Italie, dir: Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi
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  • Out of Competition
  • Blood Ties, dir: Guillaume Canet
  • All Is Lost, dir: J.C. Chandor
  • Un Certain Regard
  • The Bling Ring, dir: Sofia Coppola (Opening film)
  • Omar, dir: Hany Abu-Assad
  • Death March, dir: Adolfo Alix, Jr
  • Fruitvale: dir: Ryan Coogler
  • The Bastards, dir: Claire Denis
  • Norte, Hangganan Ng Kasaysayan, dir: Lav Diaz
  • As I Lay Dying, dir: James Franco
  • Miele, dir: Valeria Golino
  • L’Inconnu Du Lac, dir: Alain Guiraudie Bends, dir: Flora Lau
  • L’Image Manquante, dir: Rithy Panh
  • La Jaula De Oro, dir: Diego Quemada-Diez
  • Anonymous, dir: Mohammad Rasoulof
  • Sarah Préfère La Course, dir: Chloé Robichaud
  • Grand Central, dir: Rebecca Zlotowski
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  • Midnight Screenings
  • Blind Detective, dir: Johnnie To
  • Monsoon Shootout, dir: Amit Kumar
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  • Homage To Jerry Lewis
  • Max Rose, dir: Daniel Noah
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  • Special Screenings
  • Seduced And Abandoned, dir: James Toback
  • Weekend Of A Champion, dir: Roman Polanski
  • Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, dir: Stephen Frears
  • Stop The Pounding Heart, dir: Roberto Minervini
  • Bite The Dust, dir: Taisia Igumentseva (Cinéfondation)
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  • Gala Screening in honor of India
  • Bombay Talkies, dirs: Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar
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