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Handful of Cannes favourites to return to the Croisette

Handful of Cannes favourites to return to the Croisette

Handful of Cannes favourites to return to the Croisette

Former winners of the Palme d’Or, including Britain’s Ken Loach and the polyglot Austrian Michael Haneke, are back in competition again at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Loach, who won in 2006 with The Wind that Shakes the Barley, has secured his eleventh nomination for the festival’s top prize with The Angels Share, about some young, unemployed Glaswegians who siphon off some rare whisky from a Highlands distillery.

It’s a sixth Palme d’Or nomination for Haneke for the French-language Armour; he won the prize in 2009 with the German-language The White Ribbon.

France’s Jacques Audiard, whose A Prophet lost out to The White Ribbon, is back with his third film in competition. Fellow Frenchman Leos Carax, Iran’s Abbas Kiarostami, Brazil’s Walter Salles Canada’s David Cronenberg are among other festival favourites returning to Cannes this year.

The 65th Cannes Film Festival will open on 16 May with Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, one of many English-language films being screened this year – something that is likely to bring a healthy number of Hollywood names to the Croisette, including Brad Pitt, Robert Pattinson, Zac Efron, Jessica Chastain and Nicole Kidman.

As well as Loach and Cronenberg, American Lee Daniels, John Hillcoat from Australia and New Zealander Andrew Dominik will be screening their latest films.

It had been thought that Paul Thomas Anderson and last year’s winner Terrence Malik might make the cut, but reports suggest that their latest films didn’t get finished in time.



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