The international film community and cinephiles everywhere set their clocks by the Cannes Film Festival. Acclaimed international auteurs anchor the lineup for the annual festival and then there are less familiar names that round out the prestigious roster each year.

These are the films that fans of cinema will be talking about for the next year or so.

For the 64th edition of the French festival organizers have invited new films from Pedro Almodovar, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the Dardenne Brothers, Bruno Dumont, Robert Guediguian, Hong Sang-Soo, Aki Kaurismaki, Eric Khoo, Kim Ki-Duk, Terrence Malick, Takashi Miike, Nanni Moretti, Gerardo Naranjo, Lynne Ramsay, Paolo Sorrentino, Lars Von Trier.

Notably, a pair of first-timers are in competition: Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty and Markus Schleinzer's Michael. While in the Un Certain Regard sidebar, two more directorial debuts will be showcased: Sean Durkin's Martha Marcy May Marlene (a hit from this year's Sundance Film Festival)and Juliana Rojas & Marco Dutra's Hard Labor.

The festival will open with Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris on May 11th and continue through May 22nd in the South of France.

The Official Selection for the 64th Cannes Film Festival follows:

Opening Film:

Midnight in Paris, directed by Woody Allen


The Skin I Live In (La Piel Que Habito), directed by Pedro Almodovar

House of Tolerance (L'Apollonide), directed by Bertrand Bonello

Pater, directed by Alain Cavalier 

Footnote (Hearat Shulayim), directed by Joseph Cedar

Once Upon A Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da), directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Boy With The Bike (Le Gamin au Vélo), directed by Dardenne Brothers

Le Havre, directed by Aki Kaurismaki

Hanezu No Tsuki, directed by Naomi Kawase

Sleeping Beauty, directed by Julia Leigh

Polisse, directed by Maiwenn

The Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick

The Source (La source des femmes), directed by Radu Mihaileanu

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Ichimei), directed by Takashi Miike

Habemus Papam, directed by Nanni Moretti

We Need To Talk About Kevin, directed by Lynne Ramsay

Michael, directed by Markus Schleinzer

This Must Be The Place, directed by Paolo Sorrentino

Melancholia, directed by Lars Von Trier

Drive, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

Un Certain Regard:

Restless, directed by Gus Van Sant

The Hunter, Bakur Bakuradze

Halt auf freier Strecke, directed Andreas Dresen

Hors Satan, directed by Bruno Dumont

Martha Marcy May Marlene, directed by Sean Durkin

Les neiges du Kilimandjaro, directed by Robert Guediguian

Skoonheid, directed by Oliver Hermanus

The Day He Arrives, directed by Hong Sang-Soo

Bonsai, directed by Christian Jimenez 

Tatsumi, directed by Eric Khoo

Arirang, directed by Kim Ki-Duk

Et maintenant, on va ou?, directed by Nadine Labaki

Loverboy, directed by Catalin Mitulescu

Yellow Sea, directed by Na Hong-jin

Miss Bala, directed by Gerardo Naranjo

Hard Labor (Trabalhar Cansa), directed by Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra

The Minister (L'Exercice de L'Etat), directed by Pierre Schoeller

Toomelah, directed by Ivan Sen 

Oslo, August 31st, directed by Joachim Trier

Out of Competition:

La conquete, directed by Xavier Durringer

The Beaver, directed by Jodie Foster

The Artist, directed by Michel Hazanavicius

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, directed by Rob Marshall

Midnight Films:

Wu Xia, directed by Chan Peter Ho-Sun

Days of Grace (Dias de Gracia), directed by Everado Gout

Special Screenings:

Labrador, directed by Frederikke Aspock

Le maitre des forges de l'enfer, directed by Rithy Panh

Michel Petrucciani, directed by Michael Radford

Tous au Larzac, directed by ChristianRouaud

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