The line-up for the 65th Cannes Film Festival was announced in Paris this morning, a little later than the 11 o’clock scheduled starting time. We already knew about Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, which will open the festival, and David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis tipped us the wink by releasing a full trailer online with ‘Cannes Official Selection’ before the announcement. The list of films in competition looks particularly strong, featuring a mix of Cannes stalwarts including Jacques Audiard, Michael Haneke, Ken Loach, Abbas Kiarostami and Alain Resnais – who celebrates his 90th birthday soon.

Also included in the exciting lineup are second and third features from the likes of Andrew Dominik, John Hillcoat, Matteo Garrone, Lee Daniels and Jeff Nichols and Walter Salles, who will present his long awaited adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s beat novel On the Road. For horror aficionados, there are midnight screenings of Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D and Takeshi Miike’s The Legend of Love and Sincerity. Veterans Bernardo Bertolucci and Roman Polanski will also feature, the former with a new film (Io E Te) and the latter as the subject of a documentary. Polanski is unlikely to make an appearance as a result of his continuing legal difficulties.

This year’s Cannes lineup looks to have struck a very fine balance between arthouse efforts (fresh new talent in the Un Certain Regard including Cronenberg’s son, Brandon, with his film Antiviral) and the big Hollywood star power of Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt.

See below for the lineup so far:

Opening Film:
Moonrise Kingdom (dir. Wes Anderson)

In Competition:
Amour (dir. Michael Haneke)
The Angels’ Share (dir. Ken Loach)
Baad EL Mawkeaa (Apres La Bataille) (dir. Yousry Nasrallah)
Beyond The Hills (dir. Cristian Mungiu)
Cosmopolis (dir. David Cronenberg)
Holy Motors (dir. Leos Carax)
The Hunt (dir. Thomas Vinterberg)
In Another Country (dir. Hong Sang-Soo)
Im Nebels (Dans La Brume) (dir. Sergei Loznitsa)
Killing Them Softly (dir. Andrew Dominik)
Lawless (dir. John Hillcoat)
Like Someone In Love (dir. Abbas Kiarostami)
Moonrise Kingdom (dir. Wes Anderson)
Mud (dir. Jeff Nichols)
On The Road (dir. Walter Salles)
Paradies: Liebe (dir. Ulrich Seidl)
The Paperboy (dir. Lee Daniels)
Post Tenebras Lux (dir. Carlos Reygadas)
Reality (dir. Matteo Garrone)
Rust and Bone (dir. Jacques Audiard)
Taste of Money (dir. Im Sang-Soo)
Vous N’Avez Encoure Rien Vu (dir. Alain Resnais)

Un Certain Regard:
Miss Lovely (dir. Ashim Ahluwalia)
La Playa (dir. Juan Andres Arango)
Les Chevaus De Dieu (dir. Nabil Ayouch)
Trois Mondes (dir. Catheron Corsini)
Antiviral (dir. Brandon Cronenberg)
7 Days In Havana (dir. Benicio Del Toro, Laurent Cantet, Gaspar Noe etc)
Le Grand Soir (dir. Benoit Delepine & Gustave Kervern)
Laurence Anyways (dir. Xavier Dolan)
Despues De Lucia (dir. Michel Franco)
Aimer A Perdre La Raison (dir. Joachim Lafosse)
Mystery (dir. Lou Ye)
Student (dir. Darezhan Omirbayev)
La Pirogue (dir. Moussa Toure)
Elefante Blanco (dir. Pablo Trapero)
Confession Of A Child Of The Century (dir. Sylvie Verheyde)
11.25: The Day He Chose His Own Fate (dir. Koji Wakamatsu)
Beasts Of The Southern Wild (dir. Benh Zeitlin)

Out of Competition
Une Journee Particuliere (dir. Gilles Jacob and Samuel Faure)
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (dir. Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath)
Dario Argento’s Dracula (dir. Dario Argento)
Io E Te (dir. Bernardo Berolucci)
Hemingway & Gellhorn (Dir. Philip Kaufman)
Ai To Makoto (dir. Takashi Miike) 

Special Screening:
Der Mull Im Garten Eden (dir. Faith Akin)
Mekong Hotel (dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
Villegas (dir. Gonzalo Tobal)
A Musica Segundo Tom Jobim (dir. Nelson Pereira Do Santos)
Journal De France (dir. Claudine Nougaret & Raymond Depardon)
Les Invisbles (dir. Sebastien Lifshitz)
The Central Park Five (dir. Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon)
Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (dir. Laurent Bouzereau)

Closing Film:
Therese D. (dir. Claude Miller)

The 65th Cannes Film Festival takes place from 16-27 May, 2012. For more of our Cannes 2012 coverage, simply follow this link.

John Bleasdale