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Cannes Palme d’Or prize nominees named

Cronenberg, Godard, Leigh, Loach in race for Cannes top prize

Movies by David Cronenberg, Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach are among the films selected to compete for the top Palme d’Or prize at next month’s Cannes Film Festival, organisers said on Thursday.

Just 18 films of the more than 1,700 submitted have been rewarded with a slot in the competition shortlist, which was unveiled in Paris by festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux.

Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, Godard’s Adieu au Langage, Leigh’s Mr Turner and Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall will all be in competition at the May 14-25 movie extravaganza on the French Riviera.

Other films in competition include The Homesman by Tommy Lee Jones, The Search by Michel Hazanavicius, Captives by Atom Egoyan, Saint Laurent by Bertrand Bonello, Sils Maria by Olivier Assayas and Deux jours, une nuit by the Dardenne brothers.

Held almost every year since 1946, the festival is famed as much for launching the careers of filmmakers such as Steven Soderbergh and Quentin Tarantino as for its glitzy red carpet photo calls, luxury yachts, star-studded parties and diamond heists.

Indian film at Cannes

Indian filmmaker Kanu Behl’s Titli has been chosen for screening in Un Certain Regard section of the 67th Cannes International Film Festival, to be held May 14-25. Backed by Yash Raj Films (YRF) and produced by Dibakar Banerjee, Titli revolves around the volatile relationship between two brothers — one of whom runs away from home to escape his oppressive family and turns to a life of crime. The film stars Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial and newcomer Shashank Arora.

Shorey took to Twitter to share his excitement: “Finally Cannes will see something I’m in! So happy and excited! ‘Titli’ [at] Cannes2014 UnCertainRegard.”