The opening night film, "Grace of Monaco," features Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly. This lavish period biopic, directed by "La Vie En Rose" filmmaker Olivier Dahan, had been previously announced. But it still set the bar pretty high, at least when it came to prestige movies starring big time celebrities. Thankfully, the rest of the slate followed through.
Amongst the movies with big names are "Moneyball" director Bennett Miller's based on a true story "Foxcatcher," which features Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum; genius French director (and Cannes favorite) Olivier Assayas's drama "Clouds of Sils Maria," starring Kristen Stewart, Juliette Binoche, and Chloe Grace Moretz; "Animal Kingdom" director David Michod's sophomore feature "The Rover," starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson; and David Cronenberg's sprawling "Maps to the Stars," that features Pattinson, John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska (is anybody better than her?), Carrie Fisher, Olivia Williams, and Sarah Gadon (amongst many, many others).
In other movie star news, Ryan Gosling will be making his directorial debut with "Lost Rivers." Previously titled "How to Catch a Monster," the movie revolves around the quest to find an underwater city and stars Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Matt Smith, Eva Mendes, and Ben Mendelsohn. It sounds like one of the weirder entries in this year's Cannes Film Festival, unless you count Nuri Bilge Ceylan's 196-minute Anatolian epic "Winter Sleep," which we're not (obviously).
Otherwise, it seems like business as usual: two time Palme d'Or winners the Dardenne brothers have a new entry in economic crisis drama "Two Days, One Night," starring Marion Cotillard, which was described today as a "Belgian western." Mike Leigh, another Palme winner, has "Mr. Turner," as does British filmmaker Ken Loache, returning to Cannes for the 12th (!) time with "Jimmy's Hall." Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan has the intriguing-sounding kidnap thriller "The Captive," starring former Green Lantern Ryan Reynolds, and Michel Hazanavicius, who made a straight shot from Cannes glory to Oscar gold with "The Artist," returns with "The Search," a remake of a 1948 Fred Zinneman movie of the same name.
Plus, French legend Jean-Luc Godard's contributes "Goodbye to Language," which, if his other recent movies are any indication, will be really weird.
But don't worry – if you're not into arty fare and foreign stuff, there will be a special screening of "How to Train Your Dragon 2." So... you're welcome.