Cannes is ready roll out the red carpet for the start of the world’s biggest movie festival and a string of acknowledged directors is lined up to contest the awards.
David Cronenberg, the Dardenne brothers, Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach are among the film-makers who will do battle for the top Palme d’Or prize at the 67th Cannes Film Festival.
Launching the 12-day show will be the controversial premiere of “Grace of Monaco”, in which Nicole Kidman stars as Grace Kelly, the former Hollywood star.
The depiction of the film, directed by Frenchman Olivier Dahan, has been challenged both by Princess Grace’s princely family, the Grimaldis, as well as US distributor Harvey Weinstein.
Dahan and Weinstein have been locked in a dispute for months over what the Frenchman has called Weinstein’s “catastrophic” version of the film.
Dahan’s version will be the one shown at Cannes, but reports say Weinstein in Hollywood’s Oscars for US audiences
The Grimaldi family have denouned the film’s trailer as a “farce” and accused its makers of hijacking their family history for commercial purposes.
Outside of this film, Meryl Streep, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Tim Roth and Kristen Stewart are among the actors expected at Cannes. Sophia Loren, 79, one of the last great sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s and a double Oscar winner, will also be there to attend out-of-competition film The Human Voice, as well Canadian directors Ryan Gosling and Xavier Dolan.
Gosling’s Lost River will be tested to see if the 33-year-old Drive star has made a successful transition from leading man to director. And, the baby of the batch Dolan — who at 25 has already had three films screened at Cannes – is to compete with Mommy.
Eighteen films will be in the running for this year’s Palme d’Or with New Zealand director Jane Campion heading the festival’s jury.