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Ten Europeans to battle it out for the Palme d’Or

“Our mission is to put new names on the map of world cinema.” As he unveiled the official selection of the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Paris, General Delegate Thierry Frémaux (joined by president Pierre Lescure) announced the idea behind an edition that reflects his ambitions of rejuvenation and risk-taking. This “new look” showcase in competition is nonetheless very firmly backed up by directors who have already won much acclaim on the Croisette, with the current list of the 17 contenders for the Palme d’Or 2015 set to become a few titles richer next week.

We find two former victors in competition: Italy’s Nanni Moretti (Palme d’Or in 2001 ) and US director Gus Van Sant (who was triumphant in 2003 ). They are joined by seven directors who have already won awards: Oscar-winning Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino , his fellow countryman Matteo Garrone , French directors Jacques Audiard and Maïwenn , China’s Jia Zhangke , Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao Hsien and Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-Eda . This first-rate foundation for the selection is rounded off by American director Todd Haynes (who is back following his sole appearance in competition in 1998).

A very exciting phenomenon, and one never created to such a degree by Thierry Frémaux, who nevertheless always takes care to throw new names into the extremely demanding (and therefore dangerous) deep end of the competition every year, is the fact that seven filmmakers will be making their debuts in the quest for the Palme d’Or: Norway’s Joachim Trier , Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos , French filmmakers Valérie Donzelli and Stéphane Brizé , Canada’s Denis Villeneuve, Australia’s Justin Kurzel and Hungarian director László Nemes , who is bursting into the wide world of global cinema with his feature debut, in sensational fashion.

Cartel del Festival de Cine de Cannes 2015.

Cartel del Festival de Cine de Cannes 2015.

With four French directors (Donzelli, Maïwenn, Audiard and Brizé), three Italians (Moretti, Sorrentino and Garrone; a record number of representatives), a Norwegian (Trier), a Greek (Lanthimos) and a Hungarian (Nemes) – in other words, ten features vying for the Palme d’Or – European cinema easily takes pride of place on the menu. North America has three directors in competition (Van Sant, Haynes and Villeneuve), as does Asia (Jia Zhangke, Hou Hsiao Hsien and Kore-Eda). Australia is also taking part (with Kurzel), but South America and Africa are totally absent from the finest showcase of world cinema. Nevertheless, it is interesting to note that, on the European side, the United Kingdom staged the production of Todd Haynes’ and Justin Kurzel’s films.

The Official Selection, which also includes a very impressive programme in the shape of the Un Certain Regard line-up , has noticeably ramped up the attractiveness of its out-of-competition section this year (Irrational Man by Woody Allen, Mad Max: Fury Road, and the two animated titles The Little Prince and Inside Out) and will be able to entice the crowds with the sheer variety of its midnight screenings (particularly the documentary Amy by Asif Kapadia) and special screenings (six titles, including Amnesia by Barbet Schroeder and the feature debut by Natalie Portman).

Texto escrito por Fabien Lemercier .

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