Cannes Film Festival announces official selections

( Xinhua ) Updated: 2014-04-21 10:21:43

Cannes Film Festival announces official selections

Gilles Jacob (L), president of the Cannes Film Festival, and Thierry Fremaux, general delegate of the Cannes Festival, attend a press conference to announce the selection of competing films, in Paris, France, April 17, 2014. The 67th Cannes Film Festival will run from May 14 to 24 with 18 films competing for the top prize the Palme d'Or. [Photo/Xinhua]

The Cannes International Film Festival Organizing Committee announced the finalists of this year's Film Festival Thursday.

Fifty films were selected, of which 18 films will be in the main competition.

"After three years of absence, renowned French director Jean-Luc Godard will return to Cannes with the film 'Goodbye language (Adieu au langage)'," Cannes Film Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux said at a press conference held in Paris.

Fremaux said Godard's new film is unique, and the Cannes Film Festival would be "proud" to welcome him.

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Godard, now 83 years old, is one of the representatives of the new wave films. His film has a strong shot of political and experimental aspects, and has been a regular nominee at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2010, his film "Film Socialisme" was nominated for the "Un Certain Regard" unit.

In addition to Godard, this year the Cannes Film Festival also welcomes some regular finalists: British director Ken Loach's new film "Jimmy's hall", Canadian director Atom Egoyan's "Captives", Canadian director David Cronenberg's the "Maps to the stars" and so on.

Chinese director Zhang Yimou's new film "Coming Home" was selected as non-competition screenings. Another Chinese director Wang Chao's new film "Fantasia" entered the "Un Certain Regard" unit.

Japanese director Naomi Kawase and Italian director Alice Rohrwacher are the two female finalist directors, with their film "Deux Fenetres" and "La Merveille" respectively.

Fremaux said that this year's finalists are "classical" and "modern" combined, and to some extent reflects the bravery of the film maker and the film itself. He also confirms that there may be more films to be selected as finalists in the future.

The 67th Cannes International Film Festival will be held in the southern France coastal city of Cannes from May 14 to May 24. This year the main competition jury is chaired by New Zealand director Jane Campion.

The "Un Certain Regard" unit was officially launched in 1978 as a non-competition category, and focuses on the works of new filmmakers worldwide.

A total of more than 1800 films are submitted to the Cannes Film Festival this year.

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