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Cannes Film Festival

All the latest reviews from this year's edition of the annual glitz-fest

de Nuri Bilge Ceylan (DR)
de Bertrand Bonello (DR)
de Ken Loach (DR)
de Luc et Jean-Pierre Dardenne (DR)
d'Alice Rohrwacher (DR)
d'Olivier Assayas (DR)
de David Cronenberg (DR)
de Jean-Luc Godard (DR)
de Mike Leigh (DR)
de Tommy Lee Jones (DR)
d'Andrey Zvyagintsev (DR)
d'Abderrahmane Sissako (DR)
d'Atom Egoyan (DR)
de Bennett Miller (DR)
de Xavier Dolan (DR)
de Damian Szifron (DR)
de Michel Hazanavicius (DR)

When is Cannes Film Festival 2014?
May 14-25 in Cannes, near Nice, southeast France.

What is it?
The Cannes Film Festival is one of the world's leading film festivals. Its top prize, the Palme d'Or, is the most prestigious award in world cinema. It was won in 2013 by Abdellatif Kechiche for 'Blue Is the Warmest Colour' and has previously been won by among others Terrence Malick, Ken Loach, Lars Von Trier, Quentin Tarantino and Jane Campion.

Which films will be showing?
The full programme can be found here. Each year, roughly 20 films go head to head in the festival's main competition, for prizes including the Palme d'Or, the Grand Prix, the Jury Prize and awards for best actor, best actress, best director and best script. Films must be premieres and can only have been previously shown to an audience in their home country.

What about VIPs?
Cannes is all about that delicate balance between art and celebrity. While critics are settling in for the latest Turkish masterpiece, you can guarantee that someone like Sacha Baron-Cohen will be executing an attention-grabbing publicity stunt for their latest film somewhere else in town. The world's media are always in Cannes - and the film industry does its very best to exploit that fact.

Can I buy tickets?
Not yet. Not ever. Cannes is not a public film festival, although most of the films showing will be coming to cinemas in the months after the event. Crowds do flock to the coastal town to try to spot celebs or just soak up the atmosphere. And there are tickets available to see films in the two parallel events, Critics' Week and Directors' Fortnight, which are outside the Official Selection.

The 2014 Cannes Film Festival competitors

The Captive

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

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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The Wonders

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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Maps to the Stars

Dir: David Cronenberg

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

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Mr Turner

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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Saint Laurent

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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Dir: Abderrahmane Sissako

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

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Winter Sleep

Dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

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

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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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