Complete 2012 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection is Announced

April 19, 2012
Source: Cannes

Cannes Film Festival 2012

The 65th Cannes Film Festival official selection was just announced. A total of 53 films are featured in four categories: Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition plus Special Screenings (including two Midnight Screenings). The festival kicks off on May 16th next month and lasts for 12 days until May 27th. I will be attending for my fourth straight year in a row and very excited to return this year, especially with this line-up. It was previously announced that Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom (watch the trailer) would be opening the fest, but there's plenty of other surprises like Mud, The Paperboy and more. Full list below!

Full film lists below directly from Cannes, including the director's name and a quick IMDb reference link.

After the Battle (Baad el Mawkeaa) - Dir. Yousry Nasrallah
The Angels' Share - Dir. Ken Loach
Beyond the Hills - Dir. Cristian Mungiu
Cosmopolis - Dir. David Cronenberg
Holy Motors - Dir. Leos Carax
The Hunt (Jagten) - Dir. Thomas Vinterberg
In Another Country - Dir. Hong Sang-soo
In the Fog (Im Nebel) - Dir. Sergei Loznitsa
Killing Them Softly - Dir. Andrew Dominik
Lawless - Dir. John Hillcoat
Like Someone In Love - Dir. Abbas Kiarostami
Love (Amour) - Dir. Michael Haneke
Mud - Dir. Jeff Nichols
On the Road - Dir. Walter Salles
The Paperboy - Dir. Lee Daniels
Paradise: Love - Dir. Ulrich Seidl
Post Tenebras Lux - Dir. Carlos Reygadas
Reality - Dir. Matteo Garrone
Rust and Bone - Dir. Jacques Audiard
Taste of Money - Dir. Im Sang-soo
You Haven't Seen Anything Yet - Dir. Alain Resnais

Moonrise Kingdom - Dir: Wes Anderson

Therese Desqueyroux - Dir. Claude Miller

7 Days in Havana - Dirs. Laurent Cantet, Benicio Del Toro, Julio Medem, Gaspar Noé, Elia Suleiman, Juan Carlos Tabío, Pablo Trapero
11.25 The Day He Chose His Own Fate - Dir. Koji Wakamatsu
Aimer a Perdre la Raison - Dir. Joachim Lafosse
Antiviral - Dir. Brandon Cronenberg
Beasts of the Southern Wild - Dir. Benh Zeitlin
Confession of a Child of the Century - Dir. Sylvie Verheyde
Despues de Lucia - Dir. Michel Franco
Djeca - Dir. Aida Begic
Gimme the Loot - Dir. Adam Leon
God's Horses (Les Chevaus de Dieu) - Dir. Nabil Ayouch
Le Grand Soir - Dirs. Benoît Delépine & Gustave de Kervern
La Playa - Dir. Juan Andres Arango
Laurence Anyways - Dir. Xavier Dolan
Miss Lovely - Dir. Ashim Ahluwalia
Mystery - Dir. Lou Ye
The Pirogue (La Pirogue) - Dir. Moussa Touré
Renoir - Dir. Gilles Bourdos
Student - Dir. Darezhan Omirbayev
Three Worlds (Trois Mondes) - Dir. Catherine Corsini
White Elephant (Elefante Blanco) - Dir. Pablo Trapero

Hemingway & Gellhorn - Dir. Philip Kaufman
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted - Dirs. Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon
Me and You - Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci

The Central Park Five - Dirs. Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon
Les Invisibles - Dir. Sebastien Lifshitz
Journal de France - Dirs. Claudine Nougaret & Raymond Depardon
A Musica Segundo Tom Jobim - Dir. Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Mekong Hotel - Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Polluting Paradise - Dir. Fatih Akin
Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir - Dir. Laurent Bouzereau
Trashed - Dir. Candida Brady
Villegas - Dir. Gonzalo Tobal

Dario Argento's Dracula 3D - Dir. Dario Argento
The Legend of Love & Sincerity (Ai To Makoto) - Dir. Takashi Miike
The Sapphires - Dir. Wayne Blair
Maniac - Dir. Franck Khalfoun

Updated (5-6-2012): Added a few late announced films to the line-up, including Adam Leon's Gimme the Loot in Un Certain Regard, and The Sapphires plus Elijah Wood's Maniac remake to Midnight Screenings.

And there's your official selection for the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, at least so far. It looks like there are a few spots left to fill, and a couple of films may be added over the next few weeks. We'll keep an eye out and if it's anything major, will let you know. I'm quite happy with the selection. While it's missing a few of the bigger ones I was hoping to see (PTA's The Master, Terrence Malick, even Ridley Scott's Prometheus) it's about discovery and getting a look at some of the other unique selections, like Jeff Nichols' Mud, Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly and David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis. You can find more info about the festival and this year's section on the Cannes website, or stay tuned for updates from France starting May.

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Ehsan Davodi on Apr 19, 2012


So you get to see Moonrise Kingdom before anyone else. Good for you.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Apr 19, 2012


What happened to The Grandmasters by Wong Kar-Wai?

Loser on Apr 19, 2012


You are winner not loser Because Grandmasters release in 18 December in china, can't wait

Ehsan Davodi on Apr 19, 2012


Are you sure? As I remember it, it was suposed to come out last december then it was scheduled around the Chinese new year and then it was rumored to premiere at the Cannes? He sure takes too long to finish his movies. It seems like he does that on many of his movies, wonder what it is? is it the post production editing or is it that he does massive amounts of reshoots? anyone know? Would be fun learning more

Loser on Apr 19, 2012


I hope "On The Road" makes a good impression.

Quanah on Apr 19, 2012


going there this year, should be awesome

Alleycat4444 on Apr 19, 2012


Moonrise Kingdom is actually in competition as well as being the premiere film.

Moon on Apr 19, 2012


Lots of films to look forward to! I'm especially interested in Haneke and Vinterberg's new films, Cosmopolis and of course Moonrise Kingdom. I'd so go to those midnight screenings, that sounds like fun!

Davide Coppola on Apr 19, 2012

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