Over the last week or so the trickle of news from the French Riviera had turned into something of a stream. We knew Jane Campion would head the competition jury and Kiarostami the shorts. We knew that Grace of Monaco will open the screenings and just the other day the programmers gave us that lovely new poster. But forget all that, the floodgates have opened and the Cannes film festival programme is finally live. So lets cast our eyes over and see what sticks out.
A Map to the Stars (David Cronnenberg)
The prolific Canadian has been experiencing a minor slump of late but if his lengthy back catalogue is anything to go by they usually don't last very long. The immensely promising Mia Wasikowska (a perfect fit to the Cronnenberg mould) plays a burn victim who returns to her wealthy family in L.A. Check out the trailer below.
Foxcatcher (Bennet Miller)
The Moneyball and Capote director looks to make it three in a row with this true life story of Olympic wrestling coach John DuPont and the wrestling champion he killed. Steve Carrel, in a potential milestone performance, looks chilling in the roll. Check out the trailer below:
The Homesman (Tommy Lee Jones)
Jones writes, directs and stars in this bleak looking Western about a man who escorts three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa. Jones won an award here with his debut film and with Meryl Streep, Hillary Swank and Hailee Steinfeld on board, he might be looking to do the same again. The trailer, at the very least, looks wonderful.
The Captive (Atom Egoyan)
Atom Egoyan throws a bone to the beleaguered Ryan Reynolds with this Prisoners-y looking child abduction thriller. Enjoyable baddy Kevin Durand looks creepy in the supporting role.
Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas)
K-Stew join B-Noche and Mo-Retz (kill me now) for this Swiss based Thespian tale.
Two Days, One Night (Jean Piere and Luc Dardenne)
Casting basically their first ever major star in the beautiful Marion Cotillard, the Dardenne Bros. go in search of their third Palme d'Or. No director has ever won three before but with this weighted story- of a woman trying to save her job by asking the big wigs to give up their bonuses- you really wouldn't put it past them.
Jimmy's Hall (Ken Loach)
The great social realist enters the competition with what he claims will be his last ever film. The plot concerns an Irish socialist who sets up a community centre to the gall off the local clergy. Loach is, of course, a past winner with The Wind That Shakes the Barley but whatever happens here, he will truly be missed.
The Rover (David Michod)
R-Patz appears for a second time this year, here in David Michod's long awaited follow up to 2010's Animal Kingdom. He stars alongside Guy Pearse in what looks to be a gritty, Aussie outback Western.
Goodbye to Language (Jean Luc Godard)
The legendary French new waver continues to try to push us all away with his latest feature. Apparently it was shot in 3D, but we won't hold our breathe.
How to Train your Dragon 2 (Dean Deblois)
Dreamworks' follow up to their 2010 smash looks absolutely enormous and should provide some antidote to all that artsy fartsy crap.
Lost River (Ryan Gosling)
The gosser takes the director's chair for the very first time for this intriguing sounding story of a mother swept into a dark underworld and a teenager who discovers an underwater town. 11th Doctor Matt Smith leads a remarkable ensemble cast.
Wild Tales (Damian Szifron)
There will also be new work from Mike Leigh, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Zhang Yimou, Mathieu Amalric, Asia Argento and Xavier Dolan.
Saliva will fall in one month's time.
Spot any winners in that mix? Let us know below.
Cannes will run from the 14th to the 25th of May