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Cannes film festival launches race for 2014 Palme d'Or

Published on Apr 17, 2014 10:06 AM
The official poster for the 67th Cannes Film Festival featuring actor Marcello Mastroianni. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS 

PARIS (AFP) - Cannes film festival organisers on Thursday unveil their pick of the A-listers and art house "auteurs" chosen to take part in this year's movie extravaganza on the French Riviera.

Of the hundreds of films submitted each year, only around 20 are rewarded with a coveted slot in the official line-up of films invited to compete for the top Palme d'Or prize.

Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux will end months of speculation when he reveals the movies that have made the cut in a ceremony in Paris.

Hollywood stars predicted to tread the red carpet this year include Ryan Gosling, Robert Pattinson, Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep although organisers never give anything away and always like to keep plenty of surprises up their sleeves.

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