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The 2013 Cannes Film Festival competitors

Inside Llewyn Davis

  • Rated as: 5/5

Dir: Ethan and Joel Coen

A folk singer comes to Greenwich Village with an acoustic guitar, a duffel coat and a dream.

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Jimmy P

  • Rated as: 3/5

Dir: Arnaud Desplechin

The real-life friendship between a Native American ex soldier and an anthropologist.

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The Past

  • Rated as: 2/5

Dir: Asghar Farhadi

A love story between an Iranian girl and north African boy set in Paris.

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  • Rated as: 4/5

Dir: Amat Escalante

Heli is looking for answers about the mysterious disappearance of his father.

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A Touch of Sin

  • Rated as: 2/5

Dir: Jia Zhangke

A film by one of China’s leading young auteurs.

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Like Father, Like Son

  • Rated as: 3/5

Dir: Hirokazu Kore-eda

A businessman discovers that his son was swapped at birth.

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Shield of Straw

  • Rated as: 2/5

Dir: Takashi Miike

A captured child killer has been arrested and is being taken across the country.

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Young & Beautiful

  • Rated as: 3/5

Dir: François Ozon

The portrait of a 17-year-old-girl discovering her sexuality.

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  • Rated as: 3/5

Dir: Alex Van Warmerdam

Borgman arrives in a suburban world and the home of an arrogant, comfortable couple.

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A Castle in Italy

  • Rated as: 3/5

Dir: Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi

The story of a wealthy family forced to sell their Italian home.

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Behind the Candelabra

  • Rated as: 4/5

Dir: Steven Soderbergh

A film about the relationship between a Las Vegas singer and one of his lovers.

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The Great Beauty

  • Rated as: 5/5

Dir: Paulo Sorrentino

An ageing writer who looks back with some bitterness on the passions of his distant youth.

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Only God Forgives

  • Rated as: 1/5

Dir: Nicolas Winding Refn

An American runs a Thai boxing club as a cover for a drug smuggling business.

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Blue is the Warmest Colour

  • Rated as: 5/5

Dir: Abdellatif Kechiche

Instead of fantasising about Thomas, Adèle is dreaming of a gorgeous girl.

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  • Rated as: 4/5

Dir: Alexander Payne

A father and son travel from Montana to Nebraska to claim a haul of prize money.

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Michael Kohlhaas

  • Rated as: 2/5

Dir: Arnaud Despallieres

An adaptation of the Heinrich Von Kleist novella from 1811 of the same name.

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The Immigrant

  • Rated as: 2/5

Dir: James Gray

A woman has to work in burlesque and cabaret once she arrives in New York.

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Dir: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

A young man with a paralysed leg dreams of being a dancer.

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Venus in Fur

Dir: Roman Polanski

The writer-director of a new play despairs because he can't find an actress.

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Only Lovers Left Alive

Dir. Jim Jarmusch

An underground musician reunites with his undying lover several centuries into their affair.

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More reviews from across the festival

The Great Gatsby

  • Rated as: 3/5

Dir: Baz Luhrman

What Luhrmann makes intoxicating is a sense of place and the sense that all this is unfolding in a bubble like some mad fable.

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The Bling Ring

  • Rated as: 4/5

Dir: Sofia Coppola

The real story here isn’t the good-girl-goes-bad stunt casting; it’s that Watson can act.

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As I Lay Dying

  • Rated as: 3/5

Dir: James Franco

Faulkner fans, then, need not be up in arms about this version of his Nobel Prize winner.

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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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