Cannes Film Festival: News, reviews and more

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It’s that time of year: the lineup for the Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25)—the most exciting event on the film calendar—has been announced. 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, not to mention our own Tommy Lee Jones. Actors 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, world cinema’s top prize, which was won in the past by the likes of Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Roman Polanski and Michael Haneke. Time Out will be reporting on the festival from beginning to end, so for news and reviews keep coming back over the next few weeks. Salut!

The 2014 Cannes Film Festival competitors

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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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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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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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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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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The Wonders

  • 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 program.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Clouds of Sils Maria

  • Rated as: 3/5

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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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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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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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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