Films by four French directors short-listed for Cannes' top prize

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Films by French directors Jean-Luc Godard, Olivier Assayas, Michel Hazanavicius and Bertrand Bonnello are in the running for the top Palme d'Or prize next month at Cannes, festival organisers said Thursday.


Godard’s "Adieu au Langage" (Goodbye to Language), Assayas’s "Clouds of Sils Maria", "The Search" by Hazanavicius and Bonnello’s "Saint Laurent" – a chronicle of the life of the legendary French fashion designer – will compete with 18 other films from around the globe for the coveted Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) award.

David Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars", Mike Leigh's "Mr Turner" and Ken Loach's "Jimmy's Hall" will also be competing at the May 14-25 film extravaganza on the French Riviera.

Just 18 films of the more than 1,700 submitted have been rewarded with a slot in the competition short-list, which was unveiled in Paris by festival artistic director Thierry Frémaux.

Other films in competition include "The Homesman" by Tommy Lee Jones, "Captives" by Atom Egoyan and "Deux jours, une nuit" by the Dardenne brothers.

In 2013 French directors made a surprisingly strong showing in Cannes, with six directors – including François Ozon, Abdellatif Kechiche and Arnaud Desplechin – featured on the year's 19-movie shortlist, the highest proportion of French representation in nearly 25 years.

Held almost every year since 1946, the Cannes Film Festival is famed as much for its glitzy red carpet photo ops, luxury yachts and jewel heists as it is for launching the careers of filmmakers such as Steven Soderbergh and Quentin Tarantino.

More than €102 million in jewellery was stolen from a public display at the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel in Cannes last year.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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