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Peter Mikelbank
April 16, 2015 09:25 AM

This year’s edition of the Cannes Film Festival brings forth another year of big films and big stars.

The official lineup of the 68th Cannes International Film Festival was announced Thursday during the annual press conference held by festival president Pierre Lescure and director Thierry Frémaux in Paris.

The festival, which unspools from May 13-24, kicks off with French actress-director Emmanuelle Bercot’s drama La Tete Haute on opening night. The film follows the upbringing of a juvenile delinquent and stars Catherine Deneuve.

Premiering the day after Bercot’s comedy-drama is the highly anticipated action thriller Mad Max: Fury Road, starring actor Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.

Organizers also announced screenings of the latest films from Emma Stone and Oscar winner Natalie Portman. Reteaming with her Magic in the Moonlight director Woody Allen, Stone will walk the red carpet with costar Joaquin Phoenix for Irrational Man, a mystery film that follows a philosophy professor that pursues a relationship with his student.

Portman will bow her first feature effort as an actress-director with A Tale of Love and Darkness from Israeli novelist Amoz Oz.

While the lineup is already slated with an impressive list of films, Frémaux said there are several additions to be made.

“We still have two, three or four films to announce to bring the total to 20, which will compete for the festival’s Palme d’Or [award],” he said during the announcement.

Also vying for the highest prize at the event is Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey, alongside British costar Naomi Watts with Sea of Trees from past festival winner Gus Van Sant. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara will come in for Carol, a Patricia Highsmith-style romance from director Todd Haynes.

Another treat at this year’s festival is Aussie director Justin Kurzel’s remake of the Shakespeare classic Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and David Thewlis.

House of Cards‘ Rachel Brosnahan and The Social Network‘s Jesse Eisenberg will present Louder Than Bombs, along with Amy Ryan and Gabriel Byrne.

Other major stars who will grace the red carpet are Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benecio Del Toro, who will be on hand for the drug thriller Sicario.

The roster also boasts some special items. A highly anticipated documentary on late English singer Amy Winehouse will debut, along with two animated treats, the latest from Pixar, Inside Out, and a remake of the classic French fantasy The Little Prince.

Film, the organizers explained, is “an international language.” And numerous films from Italian and Greek directors with international casts prove their point.

Salma Hayek and Black Swan star Vincent Cassel team with John C. Reilly for Tale of Tales, the first English-language film to come from Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone.

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