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Cannes 2012: Pattinson, Stewart, LaBeouf and Efron Ready to Prove Themselves

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Apr 19, 2012 | 5:28am EDT

ALTThe movie world's highest of high brow event is indubitably Festival de Cannes, the annual French film fest that handpicks the finest works of new cinema to unleash upon the world. From legendary auteurs to first time directors, Cannes is exalted by film buffs as the premiere stage for big screen debuts. If a movie gets into Cannes, it's already earned a level of respect.

That same respect extends to the stars, who flock to the chic festival to walk the red carpet and command audiences with their latest performances. Cannes imbues an actor or actress with immediate cred — especially helpful if for up-and-comers looking for respect. There's a theme of this year's line-up: the new and the old rubbing shoulders, a younger generation ready to step out the door and rise above their goofy franchise roots. Robert Pattinson has teamed with the highly-respected David Cronenberg for the absolutely bonkers-looking Cosmopolis; Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund help Walter Salles (Motorcycle Diaries) bring his long-gestating Kerouac adaptation On the Road to life; Shia LaBeouf drops alien robots for Depression era gangsters and Tom Hardy in Lawless; and Zac Efron stars opposite John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey and Nicole Kidman in The Paperboy, the latest from director Lee Daniels (Precious). The kids, as it seems, are all grown up.

But don't think Cannes has abandoned its A-Listers. Facing off against the Millennials are familiar faces like Brad Pitt (Killing Them Softly), Clive Owen (Hemingway & Gelhorn) and the incredible ensemble assembled for Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, which opens the festival. Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman…Hollywood friendly, but with the unique quirk that only an Anderson film could provide.

Check out the full list of titles, films ready to hook lucky attendees when the festival gets underway May 16.

In Competition:

Rust and Bone - dir. Jacques Audiard

Moonrise Kingdom - dir. Wes Anderson

Holy Motors - dir. Leos Carax

Cosmopolis - dir. David Cronenberg

The Paperboy - dir. Lee Daniels

Killing Them Softly - dir. Andrew Dominik

Reality - dir. Matteo Garrone

Love - dir. Michael Haneke

Lawless - dir. John Hillcoat

In Another Country - dir. Hong Sang So

The Taste of Money - dir. Im Sang So

Like Someone In Love - dir. Abbas Kiarostami

The Angels' Share - dir. Ken Loach

In The Fog - dir. Sergei Loznitsa

Beyond The Hills - dir. Cristian Mungiu

Baad el Mawkeaaa (Apres La Bataille) - dir. Yousry Nasrallah

Mud - dir. Jeff Nichols

You Haven't Seen Anything Yet - dir. Alan Resnais

Post Tenebras Lux - dir. Carlos Reygadas

On The Road - dir. Walter Salles

Paradise: Love - dir. Ulrich Seidl

The Hunt - dir. Thomas Winterberg

Un Certain Regard:

La Playa - dir. Juan Andres Arango

Miss Lovely - dir. Achim Ahluwalia

God's Horses - dir. Nabel Ayouch

Antiviral - dir. Brandon Cronenberg

Trois Mondes - dir. Catherine Corsini

Days In Havana - dir. Benicio Del Toro, Gaspar Noe, Laurence Cantat, et all

Laurence Anyways - dir. Xavier Dolan

Le Grand Soir - dir. Benoit Delepine and Gustave Kervern

Aimer A Perdre La Raison - dir. Joachim LaFosse

Después De Lucia - dir. Michel Franco

Mystery - dir. Lou Ye

Student - dir. Darezhan Omirbayev

La Pirogue - dir. Moussa Toure

Confession Of A Child Of The Century - dir. Sylvie Verheyde

The White Elephant - dir. Pablo Trapero

11:25 The Day He Chose His Own Fate - dir. Koje Wakamatsu

Beasts Of The Southern Wild - dir. Benh Zeitlin

Out of Competition:

Tess - restored by Polanski

Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir - dir. Laurent Bouzereau

Once Upon A Time In America - dir. Sergio Leone

The Central Park Five - dir. Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon

Garbage In The Garden Of Eden - dir. Faith Akin

Les Invisbles - dir. Sebastien Lifschitz

Journal De France - dir. Claudine Nougaret and Raymond Depardon

Dracula 3D - dir. Dario Argento

Madagascar 3 - dir. Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath

Me and You - dir. Bernardo Bertolucci

The Legend Of Love and Sincerity - dir. Takashi Milke

Mekong Hotel - dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Villegas - dir. Gonzalo Tobak

A Musica Segundo Tom Jobim - dir. Nelson Pereira Dos Santos

Hemingway & Gellhorn - dir. Philip Kaufman

[Festival de Cannes]

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