Cannes Film Festival

Everything you need to know about the film world’s most famous festival in 2014

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Descending on the Croisette this year will be filmmakers including Britain’s Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, Canada’s David Cronenberg, Turkey’s Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Belgium’s Dardenne brothers and the US’s Tommy Lee Jones. Actors and actresses including Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Marion Cotillard, Ryan Gosling and more will also walk the festival’s famous red carpet. Below, you’ll find details on all 18 films competing for the Palme d’Or.

The 2014 Cannes Film Festival competitors

Mr Turner

  • Rated as: 5/5

Dir: Mike Leigh

The director’s long-cherished biopic focusing on JMW Turner’s later life – Timothy Spall plays the title role.

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Two Days, One Night

  • Rated as: 5/5

Dirs: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

A woman has to convince her colleagues to sacrifice income to save her job.

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Jimmy’s Hall

  • Rated as: 4/5

Dir: Ken Loach

This film follows notorious 1930s Irish communist James Gralton’s attempts to open a dancehall in his hometown.

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Maps to the Stars

  • Rated as: 3/5

Dir: David Cronenberg

The story of a psychotherapist whose wife manages the career of their troubled son, a child star.

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Goodbye to Language

  • Rated as: 4/5

Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

The New Wave titan has said this experimental 3D feature might very well be his last. Say it ain’t so!

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Foxcatcher

  • Rated as: 2/5

Dir: Bennett Miller

The tragic true story of two Olympic wrestling champion brothers and their relationship with multi-millionaire John du Pont.

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Leviathan

  • Rated as: 4/5

Dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev

A man, who lives with his family in a small town in northern Russia, comes into conflict with a corrupt local mayor.

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Mommy

  • Rated as: 4/5

Dir: Xavier Dolan

The tale of a mother dealing with her son’s violent tendencies when a mysterious stranger moves into the neighbourhood.

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The Captive

  • Rated as: 2/5

Dir: Atom Egoyan

Ryan Reynolds stars as the father of an abducted child who, eight years after her kidnapping, believes she is still alive.

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The Homesman

  • Rated as: 2/5

Dir: Tommy Lee Jones

Jones stars as George Briggs, who’s tasked with transporting three mentally ill women across the American subcontinent.

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Le Meraviglie

  • Rated as: 4/5

Dir: Alice Rohrwacher

The tale of a 14-year-old girl whose idyllic world is shattered by the arrival of a young German criminal on a rehab programme.

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Saint Laurent

  • Rated as: 3/5

Dir: Bertrand Bonello

A biopic of the French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, who defined fashion until his retirement in 2002.

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Still The Water

  • Rated as: 1/5

Dir: Naomi Kawase

A 14-year-old boy finds a dead body floating in the sea and attempts to find out what happened with his girlfriend.

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Timbuktu

  • Rated as: 4/5

Dir: Abderrahmane Sissako

The African director is known for his politically-charged cinema. This feature should follow suit.

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Wild Tales

  • Rated as: 4/5

Dir: Damien Szifron

A film described as a series of short sketches thrown together in an experimental fashion.

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Winter Sleep

  • Rated as: 4/5

Dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Prepare yourselves for another languid headscratcher from this Turkish writer-director.

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Sils Maria

Dir: Olivier Assayas

The story of a veteran actress (Juliette Binoche) who isolates herself in a remote Swiss village with her assistant Valentine.

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More reviews from across the festival

Catch Me Daddy

  • Rated as: 4/5

Dirs: Daniel and Matthew Wolfe

A fateful day and night in the lives of two teenagers hiding in a Yorkshire caravan park.

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Cold in July

  • Rated as: 4/5

Dir: Jim Mickle

A relentless tale of small-town treachery spiralling into bloody vengeance.

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Grace of Monaco

  • Rated as: 2/5

Dir: Olivier Dahan

Nicole Kidman plays Grace Kelly as she negotiates the transition from Hollywood star to a princess.

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Lost River

  • Rated as: 2/5

Dir: Ryan Gosling

Actor-turned-auteur Ryan Gosling’s nutty adult fairy tale about a single mother and her two sons.

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The ten best Cannes Palme d’Or winners

As the 2011 Cannes Film Festival came to an end, to equal amounts bewilderment and pleasure, Terrence Malick picked up the Palme d'Or for his history-spanning magnum opus, 'The Tree of Life'. So, we took the opportunity to take a long glance back at some of the past winners of world cinema’s most prestigious prize.

Take a look at our top ten and let us know what you think. Did we get it right, or have we missed a winner who you think should be in the list? Whatever your view, leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

Take a look at the ten best Palme d’Or winners at Cannes Film Festival

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