Cannes lineup celebrates world film, old favorites
President of the Cannes Film Festival Gilles Jacob poses in front of the Cannes International Film Festival poster for the upcoming 66th edition featuring U.S. actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward during a press conference to announce this years line up in Paris, Thursday April 18, 2013. The festival will run from May 15 to May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
PARIS (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival's 2013 lineup announced Thursday features work from some of the globe's most dangerous locales for artists, and a sprinkling of works by old favorites including Roman Polanski, the Coen brothers and Steven Soderbergh.
Celebrating world cinema from countries with limited freedom of expression is clearly one of this year's stories, with works from Chad, China and Iran among the 19 films competing for the Palme d'Or, one of cinema's most coveted prizes.
"The festival is a h,ouse that shelters artists in danger," said Cannes President Gilles Jacob, who announced the nominees Thursday.
Harking from Africa, "Grigris" by Chadian filmmaker Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, will feature alongside "The Life of Adele" from French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche. "Zulu" — a police thriller shot in South Africa and starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom — will close the festival but is not competing.
Artistic director Cannes Film Festival Thierry Fremaux attends a news conference to announce the 2013 festival line up in front of the Cannes International Film Festival poster for the upcoming 66th edition featuring U.S. actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, in Paris, Thursday April 18, 2013. The festival will run from May 15 to May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
The list also includes "A Touch of Sin" by Chinese director Jia Zhangke, and "The Past" from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, featuring Tahar Rahim and rising star Berenice Bejo who garnered attention for "The Artist."
The Mexican narco-film "Heli" by director Amat Escalante explores how love and family ties can provide solace in the desperation stemming from drug trafficking.
Old favorite filmmakers of the festival also fared well.
Joel and Ethan Coen, who won the Palme d'Or in 1991 for "Barton Fink," will show their latest film "Inside Llewyn Davis," set in New York's 1960s folk music scene, starring Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman.
Soderbergh, who caused controversy with 1989's Palme d'Or winner "Sex, Lies and Videotape," is back with "Behind the Candelabra," based on the book by Scott Thorson recounts his relationship with the flamboyant pianist Liberace.
Roman Polanski's "Venus In Fur" could give the Oscar-winning Polish director his second Cannes accolade. He won in 2002 with "The Pianist."