Ryan Gosling, James Franco, & Roman Polanski Head to Cannes With This Year’s 2013 Line-Up

After months of speculation and close watch as to who would be heading to France come May, an official list has finally arrived. This morning, the line-up for this year’s Cannes Film Festival was revealed and yes, we expected as much from some of the selection, but the roster isn’t without a few very welcome surprises. As we’ve known for some time now, Baz Luhrmann’s grand adpatation of The Great Gatsby will be providing a dramatic and lavish opening to the festival with begins May 15th.

And with anticipation for Nicolas Winding Refn’s stunning thriller Only God Forgives, we were pleased to see that it would be entering the festival in competition alongside the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llwelyn Davis, Roman Polanski’s Venus in Furs, and Asghar Farhadi’s The Past, and Alexander Payne’s Nebraska—just to name a sampling of the selection.

Previously in the month, we learned that Sofia Coppola’s teen fashion heist film, The Bling Ring, would be entering the Un Certain Regard at the festival but now we learn that not only will she be joined by Clare Denis’ The Bastards and Fruitvale, or newly, Fruitvale Station, but James Franco’s As I Lay Dying will be making its way into the category as well. Personally, that came as the biggest surprise for me, not realizing that the film had even gone into post-production—silly me, as if Franco wouldn’t forego sleep for years just to finish something before Cannes!

Anyhow, check out the rest of the list below and get excited to see more pictures like the one above on the red carpet next month.

Opening film (out of competition): The Great Gatsby,  Baz Luhrmann
Closing film: Zulu, Jérôme Salle
Only God Forgives, Nicolas Winding Refn
Borgman, Alex Van Warmerdam
La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty), Paolo Sorrentino
Behind The Candelabra, Steven Soderbergh
La Venus à la fourrure (Venus in Fur), Roman Polanski
Nebraska,  Alexander Payne
Jeune et jolie, François Ozon
Wara No Tate (Shield of Straw), Takashi Miike
La vie d’Adèle, Abdellatif Kechiche
Soshite Chich Ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son), Hirokazu Kore-eda
Tian Zhy Ding, Zhangke Jia
Grisgris, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
The Immigrant, James Gray
Le Passé, Asghar Farhadi
Heli, Amat Escalante
Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian), Arnaud Desplechin
Michael Kohlhaas, Arnaud Despallières
Inside Llewyn Davis, Ethan & Joel Coen
Un Château en Italie, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi
Out of competition:
All Is Lost, J.C Chandor
Blood Ties, Guillaume Canet
Special screenings:
Otdat Konci, Taisia Igumentseva
Seduced and Abandoned, James Toback
Week of a Champion, Roman Polanski
Stop the Pounding Heart, Roberto Minervini
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, Stephen Frears
Max Rose, Daniel Noa
Midnight screenings:
Blind Detective, Johnnie To
Monsoon Shootout,  Amit Kumar
Un Certain Regard:
Grand Central, Rebecca Zlotowski
Sarah préfère la course, Chloé Robichaud
Anonymous, Mohammad Rasoulof
La jaula de oro, Diego Quemada-Díez
L’image manquante, Rithy Panh
Bends, Flora Lau
The Bling Ring, Sofia Coppola
L’inconnu du lac, Alain Guiraudie
Miele, Valeria Golino
As I lay dying, James Franco
Norte, Hangganan ng kasaysayan, Lav Diaz
Les salauds, Claire Denis
Fruitvale Station, Ryan Coogler
Death March, Adolfo Alix Jr.
Omar, Hany Abu-Assad
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