The 2012 Cannes Film Festival is set to begin on May 16, 2012 and run through May 27th, 2012.
Wes Anderson’s highly anticipated Moonrise Kingdom is scheduled to open the festival, as well as being in competition. Other films in in compition include David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis ( starting Robert Pattinson) and Walter Salles’ On The Road, based off of the Jack Kerouac novel of the same name. Ken Loach’s The Angel’s Share, staring Roger Allam, will also be screened as part of the festivals competition. Gilles Bourdos’ Renior and Claude Miller’s Therese Desqueyroux are set to be screened as part of the closing ceremony.
The Jury of Competition, presided over by Nanni Moretti ( Italian director, actor and producer ) welcomes fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier to it’s ranks. This is the first time a fashion designer has been given a spot on the festivals jury. Other members of the jury include Hiam Abbass (Palestinian actress, director), Emmanuelle Devos (French actress), Andrea Arnold (British director and scriptwriter) , and Diane Kruger (German actress). Also included on the jury are Ewan McGregor (British actor), Raoul Peck (Haitian director, scriptwriter and producer) and Alexander Payne (American director, scriptwriter and producer). This team of jurors will decided between the 22 films in Competition in order to select the winner of the Palme d’Or during the closing ceremony on May 27th.