Category: Media & Culture / April 18, 2013 4:42 PM EDT
Hollywood heavyweights like the Coen Brothers and Steven Soderbergh will mingle with filmmakers from all over the world at next month's 66th Cannes Film Festival after organizers unveiled a line-up filled with international films on Thursday (April 18).
The world's most important cinema showcase, the 10-day Cannes festival on the glamourous, palm-filled French Riviera welcomes a global crowd of authors, actors and others, while red carpet-ready American stars keep the cameras flashing.
Hundreds of film critics and journalists filled the plush blue seats inside a Champs-Elysees cinema underneath a huge video screen of the 2013 Cannes poster - Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward curled up kissing - to learn which films had made the cut this year.
China, Japan, Ireland and even Chad will be among those countries represented in the 19-strong line-up for the main competition, where the ultimate prize is the coveted Palme D'Or prize awarded on the final evening.
"We want to see the people we like so when we have Steven Soderbergh, James Gray and the Coen brothers for instance, or even Alexander Payne, when we've been following them for years, we're curious to see them again. Those people -- in fact James Gray came for his last three movies -- but none of the other filmmakers I just talked about can be considered as regulars, they are big names of the global cinema," Festival Artistic director Thierry Fremaux said.
Among such top names is U.S. filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, winner of the 1989 Palme D'Or for the popular "Sex, Lies, and Videotape", whose HBO film "Behind the Candelabra" stars Michael Douglas as flamboyant pianist and singer Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover.
Also adding Hollywood firepower are brothers Ethan and Joel Coen - best known for "Fargo" - with "Inside Llewyn Davis," a look at the New York folk music scene starring Justin Timberlake and John Goodman.
Two more American films are in the main competition, "The Immigrant" from director James Gray and Alexander Payne's "Nebraska." The main line-up includes no British films.
As previously announced, the festival will open on May 15 with a screening of Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" starring Leonardo DiCaprio, who will return to Cannes for the first time since 2007.
The closing film on May 26 will be the thriller "Zulu", shot on location in South Africa starring Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker.
The screening of "The Bling Ring" by U.S. director Sofia Coppola and starring Emma Watson will open this competition on May 16.
Video Source: Reuters