Star-studded line-up announced for Cannes 2016

15th April, 2016
A star-studded line-up of actors and directors have been announced to appear at Cannes, the world’s most prestigious film festival, promising a mix of Cannes regulars and major surprises.

Hollywood actors-turned-directors Sean Penn and Jodie Foster will be premiering their latest films, while legendary director Steven Spielberg will also be showing his much-awaited adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG at the film extravaganza.

Other anticipated films to come from Hollywood featuring at the festival include American Honey, a film about the macho culture of a sales team, starring Shia LaBoeuf, as well as films featuring Kristen Stewart, Keanu Reeves, Ryan Gosling and Star Wars’ Adam Driver. Total Recall director Paul Verhoeven will also return to the main competition for the first time since 1992 with his new film Elle.

Female directors have their best showing for five years in the main competition this year, making up three of the 20 directors competing for this year’s Palme d’Or. In total, across the main competition and the “Un Certain Regard” sidebar, 28 countries around the world will also be represented through film.

There has also been some controversy this year stemming from the choice to include the film Julieta, the new release by Pedro Almodovar, despite him being named in the recent Panama Papers leak. In addition, festival chief Thierry Fremaux hinted that a Panamanian film with “a story which is very much in tune with the news” could also be featured last-minute.

One mainstay which will not feature at the festival this year is the closing night film, a slot once filled by classics such as ET and Thelma and Louise. Instead, Cannes will be brought to a close by a re-screening of the winner of the Palme d’Or.

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