Cannes 2014

The announcement came from France sometime this morning: the official selections for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival were announced. Now in its 67th year, and widely considered the crème de la crème of the cinematic calendar, rosters like this is why it takes precedence. Running the gamut in wide-ranging, world narratives, French cinema filled a hefty portion of the platter whilst, unusually, Canadian features showed prominence as well.

Among the featured filmmakers this year are David Cronenberg with Maps to the Stars (a complex look at the Hollywood underbelly);French new-wave legend Jean-Luc Godard with his curious 3-D experiment Goodbye to Language; 25-year-old Quebecois wunderkind Xavier Dolan with Mommy; British master Mike Leigh with his period drama Mr. Turner and, believe it or not, Ryan Gosling, unveiling his directorial debut with Lost River (the tale of a mother, son, and an enigmatic underworld).

The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 14-25, with this year’s jury headed by renowned filmmaker, Jane Campion (whose The Piano took home the top prize – the Palme d’Or – in 1993). For those captivated by global visionaries and artistic movie making, this is competition of the highest order.

Full list of 2014 Palme d’Or entries:

Winter Sleep, by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Clouds Of Sils Maria, by Olivier Assayas

Saint Laurent, by Bertrand Bonello

Maps to the Stars, by David Cronenberg

Two Days, One Night, by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Mommy, by Xavier Dolan

The Captive, by Atom Egoyan

Goodbye to Language, by Jean-Luc Godard

The Search, by Michel Hazanavicius

Jimmy’s Hall, by Ken Loach

The Homesman, by Tommy Lee Jones

Still the Water, by Naomi Kawase

Mr. Turner, by Mike Leigh

Foxcatcher, by Bennett Miller

Leviathan, by Andrey Zvyaginstev

Wild Tales, by Damian Szifron

Le Meraviglie, by Alice Rohrwacher

Timbuktu, by Abderrahmane Sissako