By Alexandria Sage
PARIS, April 19 Brad Pitt and Nicole Kidman were
expected to be among the famous faces on the Cannes red carpet
this year, as organisers unveiled the 2012 lineup in Paris on
Officials will be hoping that the blend of Hollywood star
power and auteurs from around the globe will help the world's
biggest film festival recover from the controversy of last year,
when Danish director Lars Von Trier was expelled for making Nazi
jokes during a press conference.
Pitt's latest movie "Killing Them Softly", directed by New
Zealand-born Andrew Dominik, is in the main competition lineup
at the May 16-27 event, held each year on the glamorous French
Canada's David Cronenberg is also in competition with
"Cosmopolis", starring "Twilight" heartthrob Robert Pattinson,
while the director's son Brandon is in the smaller "Un Certain
Regard" selection with his debut "Antiviral".
Twilight fans will also be keen to get their teeth into "On
the Road", directed by Brazilian Walter Salles, an adaptation of
Jack Kerouac's classic novel.
Among its cast is Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart,
alongside Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst.
There are several previous winners of the coveted Palme d'Or
for best picture up for the main prize again this year,
including Austria's Michael Haneke ("Amour"/"Love"), Britain's
Ken Loach ("The Angel's Share") and Romania's Cristian Mungiu
("Beyond the Hills").
Veteran French film maker and European festival favourite
Alain Resnais, 89, is in the main lineup with "Vous n'avez
encore rien vu".
Hollywood is in the frame with the third instalment of the
hit "Madagascar" animation series, "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most
Wanted", which is in 3D.
It will appear out of competition, as will U.S. director
Philip Kaufman's "Hemingway & Gellhorn", which could see its
star Nicole Kidman in Cannes.
As previously announced, the festival will open with Wes
Anderson's 1960s drama "Moonrise Kingdom", starring Bruce Willis
and Bill Murray.
The story revolves around two young lovers who run away from
their New England homes, prompting locals to send out a search
The closing film in 2012 will be Claude Miller's "Therese
Desqueyroux", in honour of the French director who died shortly
after completing the picture.
This year's jury deciding the awards in the main competition
will be led by Italian actor/director Nanni Moretti, who won the
Golden Palm in 2001 with "The Son's Room".
(Reporting by Alexandria Sage; writing by Mike Collett-White,
editing by Paul Casciato)