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Cannes Adds Michel Hazanavicius, Mohammad Rasoulof, Emanuel Parvu Titles to Official Competition

The Cannes Film Festival has unveiled new additions to the Official Selection for its upcoming 77th edition from May 14 to May 25.

Three new films have been added to the Competition lineup: Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius’ animated feature The Most Precious of Cargoes, Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof‘s Seed of the Sacred Fig and Emanuel Parvu’s Three Miles to the End of the World.

The Artist skyrocketed Hazanavicius to international fame in 2011 as the film won best picture at the Academy Awards, and received 10 Oscar nominations and five wins. Hazanavicius for his latest film adapted the Second World War novel of the same title by Jean-Claude Grumberg that is set against the events of the Holocaust and told with magical realism.

Rasoulof is not expected to attend his Cannes premiere as the director a year ago was barred by Iranian authorities from leaving the country to attend the Cannes Film Festival to serve on the Un Certain Regard jury. In addition, a film adaptation of the classic novel The Count of Monte Cristo by directors Alexandre De La Patelliere and Matthieu Delaporte, and starring Pierre Niney, will debut out of competition in Cannes.

The French festival has also announced special screenings for Oliver Stone’s Lula, a documentary about Brazilian leader Lula da Silva; Arnaud Desplechin’s Spectators; Lou Ye’s An Unfinished Film; and Tudor Giurgiu’s Nasty. And in the Cannes Premiere sidebar, the festival has added Gael Morel’s Vivre, Mourir, Renaitre and Jessica Palud’s Maria.

Cannes also announced that When the Light Breaks, by director Rúnar Rúnarsson, will open the Un Certain Regard section on May 15, while Céline Sallette’s debut feature Niki and Gints Zilbalodis’ Flow have been added to that section.

The 77th Cannes Festival kicks off May 14 with Quentin Dupieux‘s The Second Act starring Léa Seydoux and Vincent Lindon. It runs through May 24.



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Exciting additions to the Cannes lineup! Hazanavicius' new film sounds incredibly moving, especially with its focus on such a poignant historical backdrop.

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