Actor Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, a biopic of Grace Kelly starring Nicole Kidman, and a Western directed by Tommy Lee Jones are among the buzz-making films that will unspool at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Now in its 67th year, the annual event opens Wednesday—amid some criticism from the late Princess Grace of Monaco’s children —with the premier of “Grace of Monaco,” starring Kidman as the legendary actress-turned-princess, Grace Kelly.Among the films that audiences and critics are most excited about are Ryan Gosling’s drama “Lost River,” the tale of a single mother swept into a dark underworld, starring Christina Hendricks and Eva Mendes; Tommy Lee Jones’ Western “The Homesman,” which co-stars Oscar winners Hilary Swank and Meryl Streep; “Mr. Turner,” a biopic about the painter JMW Turner; “The Search,” a retelling of the classic 1948 Montgomery Clift drama; and “Foxcatcher,” a drama by “Capote” director Bennett Miller about the real-life murder of wrestler Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) by his sponsor John du Pont (Steve Carell), which is already expected to be a strong contender during the Fall’s awards circuit.
In total, 49 feature films have been selected to screen at this year’s festival (1800 were originally submitted). In charge of determining which of the eligible 18 competition films deserves this year’s top honors is New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion, who won the 1993 Palme d’Or—Cannes’ top prize—for her feature “The Piano.” Campion’s co-jurors include Mexican actor Gael García Bernal, actor Willem Dafoe, Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”) and director Sofia Coppola.
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