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April 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Regardless of the unpredictable Cannes weather, a host of luminous stars were certain to brighten the French city’s annual film festival next month, judging from the list of official selections announced in Paris today (Thursday). Eighteen films will be competing for this year’s Palme d’Or (additional films may be added later), festival officials said, including The Homesman, directed by Tommy Lee Jones and starring Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank; David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, with Robert Pattinson and Julianne Moore; Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, with Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carrell; and Lost River, directed by Ryan Gosling and starring Christina Hendricks and Ben Mendelssohn. Famed British directors Mike Leigh and Ken Loach will also be competing at the festival, Leigh with Mr. Turner, a biopic of the artist J.M.W. Turner, and Loach with Jimmy’s Hall, about Irish activist James Gralton. Legendary French director Jean-Luc Godard, 83, has indicated that he will attend the screening of his film Goodbye to Language, Thierry Frémaux, the festival’s artistic director said, adding, “but that doesn’t mean he’ll be there.” Michel Hazanavicius, who won the Oscar for his silent film The Artist two years ago, will return to the festival with The Search, starring Berenice Bejo and Annette Bening. It was previously announced that the festival will open with the premiere of Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, who became the princess of Monaco. While Kidman is certain to attend, members of Monaco’s ruling family, virtual neighbors, have indicated that they will not, given what they consider to be an unflattering depiction of Grace’s husband, Prince Albert, in the film.