Eighteen films have a chance at winning the Golden Palm

For the time being, 44 films included in the Official Selection of the 71st edition of the Cannes film festival, but the coming days will there still be movies to unwind. That has director Thierry Frémaux today announced. Of those movies there are 18 in the competition for the Golden Palm, the main prize.

The Spanish-language film ‘Todos lo saben’ (Everybody Knows) from the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi may be the film festival as opening film underway.

Three films in the competition are from female filmmakers. ‘The Girls of the Sun” of the French Eva Husson, ‘Capharnaüm’ of the Lebanese Nadine Labaki and ‘Lazzaro Felice of the Italian Alice Rohrwacher.

Of two selected directors it is not clear whether they will be able to get to Cannes. The Iranian director Jafar Panah (‘Three Faces’) received from the Iranian authorities and a ban on making movies. In 2010 he was as a juror, are expected in Cannes, but when it was his permission to travel at the last moment withdrawn by the Iranian government. The Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov (Leto) was by the Russian authorities placed under house arrest on suspicion of misappropriation of film foundations. Earlier Thursday called the Russian researchers on to his house arrest be extended until 19 July. The organizers of the film festival will be the Iranian and Russian authorities to ask the filmmakers to allow their work to come and present.

In addition to the 18 films in competition, 15 films selected in the category ‘Un Certain Regard’, for bold movies and young talent. Also the Belgian Lukas Dhont was included with his feature debut ‘Girl’. In addition, there are two more films out of competition, two in the category of “séances de minuit’ and seven in ‘séances spéciales’.

The Golden Palm went last year to The Square of the Swede Ruben Östlund. For the edition of 2018, which will be held from 8 to 19 may, were 1.906 films viewed.

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