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Cannes film festival prepares to unveil its A-list

Published on Apr 13, 2014 10:57 AM
Cinema still: Grace Of Monaco starring Nicole Kidman (right). -- FILE PHOTO: THE CELEB SOCIAL

PARIS (AFP) - Cannes film festival organisers will on Thursday fire the starting gun for this year's Riviera movie extravaganza when they unveil the films chosen to compete for its top Palme d'Or prize.

Always a heady mix of traditional A-list glamour and quirky film-making spiced up with a dash of controversy, the festival selects only around 20 of the 1,800 or so films submitted each year.

Ryan Gosling, Catherine Deneuve, Ken Loach, Meryl Streep, Gerard Depardieu, Woody Allen, Robert Pattinson and Jean-Luc Godard are just a few of the names being touted to tread the red carpet this year.

Loach, one of cinema's most celebrated directors, won the Palme d'Or in 2006 and is widely tipped to return to Cannes with Jimmy's Hall, especially if, as expected, it turns out to be his last feature film.

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