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Sofia Coppola, Todd Haynes, Michael Haneke Among Directors With Features in Cannes Film Fest Lineup
General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival Thierry Fremaux displays 1946th Cannes festival books during a press conference for the presentation of the 70th Cannes film festival, in Paris, Thursday, April 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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A Civil War film by Sofia Coppola, a Ukrainian road movie and a drama about AIDS activism are among the 18 films competing for top prizes this year at the Cannes Film Festival , an international cinema extravaganza that organizers hope can help counter rising nationalist sentiment around the world.

Festival director Thierry Fremaux and President Pierre Lescure on Thursday announced a lineup that includes Cannes' first virtual-reality entry, tackles topics from animal cruelty to the migrant crisis and offers four chances to see Nicole Kidman onscreen.

Contenders for the top Palme d'Or prize at the 70th Cannes festival include Coppola's spooky Civil War drama "The Beguiled," starring Kidman and Kirsten Dunst; American director Noah Baumbach's family saga "The Meyerowitz Stories," starring Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler; and fellow American Todd Haynes' 1920s-set drama "Wonderstruck."

Also aiming to impress a competition jury headed by Spanish director Pedro Almodovar are "Okja,"a fantasy thriller with an animal-rights theme by South Korea's Bong Joon-ho starring Tilda Swinton; French director Michel Hazanavicius' tribute to the French New Wave, "Le Redoutable"; sex-trafficking drama "You Were Never Really Here" from Britain's Lynne Ramsay; and "The Killing of a Sacred Deer," a thriller from Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos starring Kidman and Colin Farrell.

Kidman also appears at Cannes in John Cameron Mitchell's out-of-competition entry "How to Talk to Girls at Parties" and in Jane Campion's TV crime drama "Top of the Lake."

Austrian director Michael Haneke, a two-time Palme d'Or winner, returns with "Happy End," whose title, Fremaux noted, bears little relation to its content.

French filmmaker Robin Campillo's "120 Beats Per Minute" looks at the rise of AIDS activism, while Fremaux called Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa's "A Gentle Creature" a road movie "about the situation of Russia."

In all, 49 films will be shown during the May 17-28 festival, including out-of-competition entries and the sidebar competition "Un Certain Regard." Twelve of the films are by women - up from nine last year.

Director Alejandro G. Inarritu will be in Cannes with the virtual reality short film "Carne y Arena" ("Meat and Sand"), reported to be about migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fremaux said it was "a beautiful film, you are shivering when you come out of it." He compared the wonders of virtual reality to the wonders unleashed by cinema's founding fathers the Lumiere brothers more than a century ago.

Security will be tight for festival, which is held just down the French coast from Nice, where an Islamic State group-inspired truck attack killed 86 people in July.

Lescure said security was "at its maximum" in 2016 and "there were no serious incidents."

"I hope to see the same results this year," he said.

Global events will cast a shadow over Cannes' famous Croisette, the town's picturesque seafront promenade, after a year that has seen Britain's vote to leave the European Union and the election of the unpredictable U.S. President Donald Trump.

France will have a new president by the festival's opening night, with the final stage of the country's two-round election set for May 7.

In a reflection of changing industry economics, several entries at Cannes this year were funded by Netflix or Amazon. And this hallowed ground of cinema is also making room for television, with previews of David Lynch's revived "Twin Peaks" and a new series of Campion's "Top of the Lake."

Political documentaries include "An Inconvenient Sequel," follow-up to Al Gore's climate-change movie "An Inconvenient Truth"; Claude Lanzmann's film about North Korea, "Napalm"; and actress Vanessa Redgrave's directorial debut "Sea Sorrow," about refugees and those trying to help them.

"Sometimes people say the Cannes film festival is very political," Fremaux said. "It's not true. It's not us, it's not me - it's cinema. The makers are concerned about politics."

Fremaux said he hopes the festival can "look to the future" and hold "the promise of living together in harmony."

Here's a rundown of the lineup listing each director and film.

COMPETITION

Opening film:
Arnaud DESPLECHIN 
LES FANTÔMES D’ISMAËL (Out of Competition)

Fatih AKIN 
AUS DEM NICHTS (IN THE FADE)

Noah BAUMBACH 
THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES

BONG Joon-Ho 
OKJA

Robin CAMPILLO 
120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE

Sofia COPPOLA 
THE BEGUILED

Jacques DOILLON 
RODIN

Michael HANEKE 
HAPPY END

Todd HAYNES 
WONDERSTRUCK

Michel HAZANAVICIUS 
LE REDOUTABLE

HONG Sangsoo 
GEU-HU (THE DAY AFTER)

Naomi KAWASE 
HIKARI (RADIANCE)

Yorgos LANTHIMOS 
THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER

Sergei LOZNITSA 
A GENTLE CREATURE

Kornél MUNDRUCZÓ 
JUPITER’S MOON

François OZON 
L’AMANT DOUBLE

Lynne RAMSAY 
YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE

Benny SAFDIE, Josh SAFDIE
GOOD TIME

Andrey ZVYAGINTSEV 
NELYUBOV (LOVELESS)

UN CERTAIN REGARD

Opening film:
Mathieu AMALRIC 
BARBARA 

Cecilia ATAN, Valeria PIVATO
LA NOVIA DEL DESIERTO (THE DESERT BRIDE)

Kantemir BALAGOV 
TESNOTA (CLOSENESS)

Kaouther BEN 
HANIA AALA KAF IFRIT (BEAUTY AND THE DOGS)

Laurent CANTET 
L’ATELIER

Sergio CASTELLITTO 
FORTUNATA (LUCKY)

Michel FRANCO 
LAS HIJAS DE ABRIL (APRIL’S DAUGHTER)

Valeska GRISEBACH 
WESTERN

Stephan KOMANDAREV 
POSOKI (DIRECTIONS)

Gyorgy KRISTOF 
OUT

KUROSAWA Kiyoshi 
SANPO SURU SHINRYAKUSHA (BEFORE WE VANISH)

Karim MOUSSAOUI 
EN ATTENDANT LES HIRONDELLES (THE NATURE OF TIME)

Mohammad RASOULOF 
LERD (DREGS)

Léonor SERRAILLE 
JEUNE FEMME

Taylor SHERIDAN 
WIND RIVER

Annarita ZAMBRANO 
APRÈS LA GUERRE (AFTER THE WAR)

OUT OF COMPETITION
MIIKE Takashi 
MUGEN NON JŪNIN (BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL)

John Cameron MITCHELL 
HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES

Agnès VARDA JR
VISAGES, VILLAGES

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS

Jean-Stéphane SAUVAIRE 
PRAYER BEFORE DAWN

BYUN Sung-Hyun 
BULHANDANG (THE MERCILESS)

JUNG Byung-Gil 
AK-NYEO (THE VILLAINESS)

 

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

Bonni COHEN, Jon SHENK
AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL

Raymond DEPARDON 
12 JOURS (12 DAYS)

Anahita GHAZVINIZADEH 
THEY

HONG Sangsoo 
KEUL-LE-EO-UI KA-ME-LA (CLAIR’S CAMERA)

Eugene JARECKI 
PROMISED LAND

Claude LANZMANN 
NAPALM

Jude RATMAN 
DEMONS IN PARADISE

Vanessa REDGRAVE 
SEA SORROW
 

VIRTUAL REALITY (FILM/INSTALLATION/EXHIBITION)

Alejandro G. IÑÁRRITU 
CARNE Y ARENA
 

70TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS

Jane CAMPION, Ariel KLEIMAN
TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL

Abbas KIAROSTAMI 
24 FRAMES

David LYNCH 
TWIN PEAKS

Kristen STEWART 
COME SWIM 
 
CANNES COURT MÉTRAGE

Teppo AIRAKSINEN 
KATTO (Ceiling) Finland

Lucrèce ANDREAE 
PÉPÉ LE MORSE (Grandpa Walrus) animation France

Madhi FLEIFEL 
A DROWNING MAN UK, Denmark, Greece

Alireza GHASEMI 
LUNCH TIME Iran 

Fiona GODIVIER 
ACROSS MY LAND USA 

Grzegorz MOŁDA 
KONIEC WIDZENIA (Time to Go) Poland

QIU Yang 
XIAO CHENG ER YUE (A Gentle Night) China

Andrés RAMIREZ
PULIDO DAMIANA Colombia 

Julia THELIN 
PUSH IT Sweden

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