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Cannes 2012 in the Can: How to See the Fest's Biggest Movies

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May 15, 2012 | 8:48am EDT

ALTThe prestigious Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off its 65th year on May 16, is the unspoken starting line for 2012's lengthy awards season race. Most of the films that attend have been produced outside of Hollywood, only to be brought into the fold by studios antsy for a end-of-the-year Oscar contender. Over the course of eleven days, buyers from studios and production companies all over the world will gather at the French fest to watch movies, lay down dollars and hope they walk away with big names, big stars and big titles to put in theaters for us average moviegoer to check out down the road. Lots of pressure for those at the fest, lots of rewards for film fans.

Below if the official line-up of films playing Cannes 2012, and you can keep checking back over the next week and a half for updates on who picked them up and when they might be making their way to a theater near you!

In Competition:

Rust and Bone - dir. Jacques Audiard

The Marion Cotillard romantic drama has been acquired by several companies, but so far, no American distributors.

Moonrise Kingdom - dir. Wes Anderson

Focus Features will release the film on May 25th. You can watch the trailer here!

Holy Motors - dir. Leos Carax

Cosmopolis - dir. David Cronenberg

Robert Pattinson's collaboration with delightfully wild Cronenberg has been picked by EOne for release this year. Watch the trailer here!

The Paperboy - dir. Lee Daniels

The Zac Efron/Nicole Kidman pairing has yet to find a home, but we have seen a few choice pics.

Killing Them Softly - dir. Andrew Dominik

Formerly titled Cogan's Trade, the Brad Pitt drama is set to be released by The Weinstein Company on September 21, 2012.

Reality - dir. Matteo Garrone

Love - dir. Michael Haneke

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the filmmaker's follow up to the Oscar-nominated The White Ribbon. Here's the first trailer:

Lawless - dir. John Hillcoat

The Shia Labeouf/Tom Hardy period drama will be released by Weinstein Company on August 31. Watch the full trailer here!

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

The Matthew McConaughey-starrer is currently without distribution. See the first clip from the movie below:

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

Post Tenebras Lux - dir. Carlos Reygadas

On The Road - dir. Walter Salles

The long-gestating adaptation starring Kirsten Stewart and Garrett Hedlund will be distributed by Sundance Selects. Watch the trailer here!

Paradise: Love - dir. Ulrich Seidl

The Hunt - dir. Thomas Vinterberg

Mads Mikkelsen stars in the drama that has yet to find distribution. Watch the first clip from the film below:

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

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

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

The Sundance breakout was picked up by Fox Searchlight in January and will hit theaters June 27, 2012. Watch the first trailer here!

Out of Competition:

Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir - dir. Laurent Bouzereau

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

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

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