(April 17, 2015 – Toronto, ON) Saying it`s “his best film,” director Denis Villeneuve was thrilled to learn that his large, US film, Sicario, will compete at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival next month. The Oscar-nominated Villeneuve will vie for the Palme d’Or, one of the most prestigious awards in the world of film, against 16 other films. Festival director Thierry Fremaux announced all 17 films in the running yesterday.
Canada has always done well at Cannes with directors David Cronenberg and Xavier Dolan recently being our national flag bearers. This time, using the strict financing rules that govern the nationality of films, it`s a Canadian director and an American film. And the competition is strong.
Following, in alphabetical order, is the full list of 17 films in competition as announced yesterday:
The Assassin, Hou Hsiao-hsienCarol, Todd HaynesErran, Jaques Audiard
The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos
Our Little Sister, Kore-Eda Hirokazu, Umimachi Diary
Louder Than Bombs, Joachim Trier
Macbeth, Justin Kurzel
Marguerite and Julien, Valerie Donzelli
Mountains May Depart, Jia Zhang-Ke, Shan He Gu Ren
Mon roi, Maïwenn
My Mother, Nanni Moretti
The Sea of Trees, Gus Van Sant
Sicario, Denis Villeneuve
A Simple Man, Stephane Brize
Son of Saul, Laszlo Nemes
The Tale of Tales, Matteo Garrone
Youth, Paolo Sorrentino
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