'Moonrise Kingdom,' 'Cosmopolils,' Among Films Included in Cannes Film Festival 2012 Lineup

The Cannes Film Festival has officially announced their lineup of films that will be competing for coveted Palme d'Or and several other awards. Previous Palme d'Or winners include Pulp Fiction, Fahrenheit 9/11, Taxi Driver, Apocalypse Now and last year's Tree of Life.

This year's competitors include films from Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom), David Cronenberg (Cosmopolis), John Hillcoat (Lawless) and Andrew Dominik (Killing Them Softly). Scroll down below for all the films In Competition and let us know if you are looking forward to seeing any of them.

Moonrise Kingdom, directed by Wes Anderson

Who's in It: Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand

What's It About: A pair of lovers flee their New England home, prompting a local search party to fan out and find them.

 

Holy Motors, directed by Leos Carax

Who's in It: Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue, Dennis Lavant

What's It About: A man travels between different lives, including that of a murderer, beggar, CEO, monstrous creature and father.

 

Cosmopolis, directed by David Cronenberg

Who's in It: Robert Pattinson, Jay Baruchel, Paul Giamatti, Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton

What's It About: A rich, self-destructive playboy journeys across midtown Manhattan to get a haircut.

 

De Rouille Et D'Os (Rust and Bone), directed by Jacques Audiard

Who's in It: Marion Cotillard, Alex Martin

What's It About: An unemployed 25-year-old man falls in love wIth a woman and whale trainer who must adapt to life after a paralyzing accident.

 

The Paperboy, directed by Lee Daniels

Who's in It: Zac Efron, John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, Scott Glenn

What's It About: A reporter returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate.

 

Killing Them Softly, directed by Andrew Dominik

Who's in It: Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, Sam Shepard

What's It About: A professional enforcer investigates a heist that went down during a mob-protected poker game.

 

Reality, directed by Matteo Garrone

Who's in It: Claudia Gerini, Aniello Arena, Loredana Simioli

What's It About: Plot details are scarce, but it looks like Garrone is taking a look at reality television. The first image suggests a lighter tone than his previous film, Gomorrah.

 

Amour (Love), directed by Michael Haneke

Who's in It: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louise Trintignant, William Shimell

What's It About: A retired couple deals wIth the aftermath of the wife suffering a debilitating stroke.

 

Lawless, directed by John Hillcoat

Who's in It: Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce

What's It About: In the Depression Era,  a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.

 

Da-Reun Na-Ra-E-Suh (In Another Country), directed by Hong Sangsoo

Who's in It: Isabelle Huppert, Jun-Sang Yu

What's It About: Korean director Sang-soo follows up last year's The Day He Arrives wIth this drama set near a coastal town. Not much else is known about the plot, but Sang-soo regular Yu Jun-Sang said, "One can presume that the thematic material in this one won'y deviate too much from his usual concerns, i.e. love triangles, filmmaking and creative processes… and kim-chi eating."

 

Do-Nui Mat (The Taste of Money), directed by Im Sang-Soo

Who's in It: Kim Gang-woo, Baek Yoon-sik, Youn Yuh-jung, Kim Hyo-jin, On Ju-wan

What's It About: The Housemaid director returns to Cannes wIth the story of Youngjak, a secretary tasked wIth looking after the affairs of his private and morally questionable family. Caught in a spiral of domination and secrets, Youngjak must choose sides to survive in this world where money, sex and power are kings.

 

Like Someone in Love, directed by Abbas Kiarostami

Who's in It: Ryo Kase, Denden, Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno

What's It About: A young Japanese woman finances her studies through prostitution.

 

The Angels' Share, directed by Ken Loach

Who's in It: Roger Allam, Daniel Portman, John Henshaw

What's It About: A new dad vows to turn over a new leaf after narrowly avoiding jail. A visIt to a whiskey distillery inspires him and his friends to seek a way out of their hopeless lives.

 

V Tumane (In the Fog), directed by Sergei Loznitsa

Who's in It: Vladimir Svirskiy, Vladislav Abashin, Sergei Kolesov

What's It About: In the Western frontiers of 1942 USSR, a man is wrongly accused of collaborating wIth the enemy Germans. Desperate to save his dignIty, he faces an impossible moral choice.

 

Beyond the Hills, directed by Cristian Mungiu

 Who's in It: Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur, Valeriu Andriuta

What's It About: A drama centered on the friendship between two young women who grew up in the same orphanage; one has found refuge at a convent in Romania and refuses to leave wIth her friend who now lives in Germany.

 

Baad El Mawkeaa (After the Battle), directed by Yousry Nasrallah

Who's in It: TBA

What's It About: A chronicle of the events following the Egyptian revolution.

 

Mud, directed by Jeff Nichols

Who's in It: Reese WItherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Michael Shannon, Sarah Paulson

What's It About: Two teenage boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him escape from an island in the Mississippi River.

 

Vous N'Avez Encore Rien Vu (You Haven't Seen Anything Yet), directed by Alain Resnais

Who's in It: Lambert Wilson, Mathieu Amalric, Michel Piccoli

What's It About: A group of actors gather at the house of a deceased playwright for the reading of his will.

 

Post Tenebras Lux, directed by Carols Reygadas

Who's in It: TBA

What's It About: A semi-autobiographical drama set in Mexico, England, Spain and Belgium, all the places director Reygadas has lived.

 

On the Road, directed by Walter Salles

Who's in It: Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams

What's It About: Based on Jack Kerouac's novel, the film tells the story of Dean and Sal who journey through the highs and lows of America in search of "It."

 

Paradies: Liebe (Paradise: Love), directed by Ulrich Seidl

Who's in It: Maria Hofstatter, Margarete Tiesel, Inge Maux

What's It About: A story about three women from one family; one who travels to Kenya as a sex tourist, one who has to spend time at a weight-loss camp and one who tries to propagate Catholicism.

 

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