Ryan Gosling and Emma Watson movies to debut at Cannes Film Festival

Only God Forgives will compete against Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra and the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis for the coveted Palme d'Or award

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The line-up for this year’s Cannes Film Festival competition is shaping up nicely with the announcement earlier this morning of the 2013 shortlist. 

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Ryan Gosling’s new film Only God Forgives – which sees the actor reunite with Drive director Nicholas Winding Refn – will compete for the coveted Palme d’Or prize, along with Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra (with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon) and the Coen brothers’ latest offering Inside Llewyn Davis – starring Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake about a 1960s folk singer. Mulligan also features in the festival’s opening film, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby which also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Isla Fisher but won’t feature in the main competition.

Also competing for the top prize is James Gray’s new movie The Immigrant, starring Jeremy Renner, Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard about a young woman tricked into a career in the burlesque industry, along with Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur about an actress trying to convince a director to cast her.

Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi is the only female director to make the shortlist for this year’s official competition with Un Chateau en Italie – about a family forced to sell their Italian home which she also wrote and starred in. 

Head of the 2013 jury is Steven Spielberg with previous Palme d’Or winner Jane Campion overseeing the short film category and Danish director Thomas Vinterberg presiding over the popular Un Certain Regard competition, which will feature Emma Watson’s new film The Bling Ring competing against James Franco’s As I Lay Dying.

The 66th Cannes Film Festival runs from 15-26 May, with the opening and closing ceremonies to be hosted by French starlet Audrey Tautou and South Africa-set thriller Zulu (starring Orlando Bloom and Forest Whittaker) named as the closing film.

Check out the full list of films competing below:

Competition

Un Chateau en Italie -Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi
Inside Llewyn Davis – Ethan and Joel Coen
Michael Kohlhaas – Arnaud des Pallières
Jimmy P (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian) – Arnaud Desplechin
Heli – Amat Escalante
Le Passé (The Past) – Asghar Farhadi
The Immigrant – James Gray
Grigris – Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Tian Zhu Ding (A Touch of Sin) – Jia Zhangke
Soshite Chichi Ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son) – Kore-eda Hirokazu
La Vie d’Adèle – Abdellatif Kechiche
Wara No Tate (Shield of Straw) – Takashi Miike
Jeune Et Jolie – Francois Ozon
Nebraska – Alexander Payne
La Vénus à la Fourrure – Roman Polanski
Behind the Candelabra – Steven Soderbergh
La Grand Bellezza (The Great Beauty) -Paolo Sorrentino
Borgman – Alex Van Warmerdam
Only God Forgives – Nicholas Winding Refn

Un Certain Regard

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The Bling Ring – Sofia Coppola (opening film)
Omar – Hany Abu-Assad
Death March – Adolfo Alix Jr
Fruitvale Station – Ryan Coogler
Les Salauds (Bastards) – Claire Denis
Norte, Hangganan Ng Kasaysayan (Norte, The End of History) – Lav Diaz
As I Lay Dying – James Franco
Miele – Valeria Golino
L’Inconnu Du Lac – Alain Guiraudie
Bends – Flora Lau
L’Image Manquante – Rithy Panh
La Jaula De Oro – Diego Quemada-Diez
Anonymous – Mohammad Rasoulof
Sara Préfère La Course (Sarah Would Rather Run) – Chloé Robichaud
Grand Central – Rebecca Zlotowski