The five films In Competition at the 66th Cannes Film Festival with details on each title including sales contacts.
All Is Lost (US)
Dir JC Chandor
Oscar-nominated Margin Call announced the arrival of a vibrant new US talent in Chandor. For his next trick, the film-maker sought to repay the favour to Robert Redford, the Sundance godfather whose festival gave him a career-making platform back in 2011. Chandor has gone just about as far in the opposite direction from his fast-talking ensemble debut as it’s possible to go. All Is Lost stars Redford — and Redford alone — in a near-wordless survival tale. Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate will release in the US.
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Blood Ties (Fr)
Dir Guillaume Canet
Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, James Caan and Matthias Schoenaerts star in the story of two brothers — a cop and a criminal — in New York in 1974 as they fight to survive. Canet’s credits include Tell No One and Little White Lies. James Gray wrote the script with Canet.
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The Great Gatsby (US)
Dir Baz Luhrmann
OPENING FILM: Dazzling sets, lush orchestral sweeps and Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan gazing into each other’s eyes in immersive 3D. Few opening selections will be as glitzy as this and Thierry Frémaux knows he has landed one of the world’s great red-carpet attractions in DiCaprio. Question is, will its lead star outshine co-stars Joel Edgerton and Tobey Maguire in his eternal pursuit of an Oscar? Luhrmann opened Cannes 12 years ago with Moulin Rouge!. Warner Bros distributes worldwide.
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The Last Of The Unjust (Fr)
Dir Claude Lanzmann
Shoah director Lanzmann, now 87, revisits the Holocaust with this new documentary about Benjamin Murmelstein, an Austrian Jew who was appointed head of the Jewish Council of Elders at the concentration camp-ghetto Theresienstadt, forcing him to work with Nazis including Adolf Eichmann. Lanzmann, who was this year awarded a Berlinale Golden Bear for lifetime achievement, interviewed Murmelstein in 1975 while making Shoah. David Frenkel’s new French outfit Synecdoche produces.
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Zulu (Fr-S Afr)
Dir Jerome Salle
CLOSING FILM: South Africa-set thriller Zulu stars Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom as Cape Town police officers investigating the murder of a former rugby star’s daughter. It is produced by Richard Grandpierre of Paris-based production house Eskwad. Pathé and M6 Films co-produced alongside Cape Town-based Lobster Tree, with Pathé International handling international distribution. Whitaker won the best male actor prize at Cannes in 1988 for Clint Eastwood’s Bird. Salle’s credits include Largo Winch.
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