Nicole Kidman set to shine at this year's Cannes festival
The 65th Cannes Film Festival will showcase new films from Nicole Kidman, Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt.
Nicole Kidman will be one of the stars of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The American actress will present her new movie Paperboy and her film Hemingway & Gellhorn at the festival, which opens tomorrow.
Kidman and Matthew McConaughey will present their movie Paperboy, which is directed by Lee Daniels (whose 2009 Precious won two Oscars. It is the story of a reporter who goes back to his Florida hometown to find out more about a death-row inmate. Zac Efron and John Cusack co- star.
Kidman also plays Ernest Hemingway’s war-reporter wife Martha Gellhorn in a production screening out of the Cannes competition: Philip Kaufman’s Hemingway & Gellhorn, with Clive Owen in the role of the Nobel prizewinning novelist.
A third U.S. participant in the competition is Lawless, a Prohibition-era bootlegging story starring Shia LaBeouf. It’s directed by John Hillcoat and written by Nick Cave.
The festival opens tomorrow with Bruce Willis playing a small-town sheriff searching for a pair of eloping 12-year-olds in Moonrise Kingdom.
Set in 1965 and directed by Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums), it shows a group of adult oddballs hunting for the underage lovebirds on an island off the New England coast. Moonrise Kingdom is one of two dozen titles vying for the Cannes top prize, the Palme d’Or, to be handed out on May 27.
“It takes you into a completely new world from the first page,” Tilda Swinton, who plays a character called Social Services, says in the film notes. “In this story, our community of adults doesn’t really know what they’re doing, and in the process find themselves to be no less childlike, and no more grown-up, than the two children.”
Picking the winners will be the job of a nine-person jury steered by Italian director Nanni Moretti (“Dear Diary”) and including actor Ewan McGregor and couturier Jean-Paul Gaultier. This year, there are five U.S. contestants in the official race, which is usually dominated by European and world auteurs.
One contender for the Palme d’Or is Killing Them Softly, starring Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini. Pitt plays a rifle-wielding enforcer who is assigned to probe a robbery committed during a mob poker game.
This year’s festival is the 65th of its kind. The first Cannes Festival took place in 1946, a year after World War II ended. Among the event’s earliest award winners were directors Orson Welles, Luis Bunuel, Ingmar Bergman and Satyajit Ray.