The annual Cannes Film Festival 2014 kicked off on Wednesday with the winner of the Palme d'Or to be announced on 24 May before the prestigious film fest wraps up the following day. A long line of films belonging to various genres, including documentaries from around the world will be premiered at the event.
Here are some of the most-anticipated films at the 67th Cannes Film Festival:
"Clouds of Sils Maria": Directed by Olivier Assayas and featuring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz in the lead roles, the film is about a successful actress, whose world comes crumbling down after a young girl enacts the role that made her famous. It has been selected for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the Cannes Film Festival.
"Foxcatcher": The film is directed by Bennett Miller and features Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo in the lead roles. Based on Olympic wrestling gold medalist Mark Schultz's autobiography, the movie is about how paranoid schizophrenic millionaire John du Pont killed Mark's brother Dave, an Olympic Champion. It has been selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section.
"Winter Sleep": It is a Turkish film directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, who won Grand Prix at 2011 Cannes Film festival for "Upon A Time In Anatolia." His new film, which is still under wraps and featuring Haluk Bilginer, Demet Akbag and Melisa Sozen in the lead roles, is competiting for Palme d'Or awards this year.
"Maps to the Stars": This film directed by David Cronenberg is a satire drama featuring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon, and Evan Bird in the lead roles. It's about an actor being haunted by her dead mother while trying to enact one of her film roles. The movie has been selected to compete for Palme d'Or.
"Two Days, One Night": Featuring Marion Cotillard and Fabrizio Rongione in the lead roles, the film is directed by Dardenne brothers - Jean-Pierre and Luc. It is about a woman trying to convince her colleagues to give up their annual bonuses in an attempt to keep her job. The film has been selected to compete for Palme d'Or in the main section.
"Mommy": It is a Canadian film directed by Xavier Dolan and features Anne Dorval, Suzanne Clement and Antoine-Olivier Pilon in the lead roles. This movie, which is about a widowed single mother being helped by a neighbour in dealing with her violent son, is competing for Palme d'Or in the main section.
"The Homesman": Directed by Tommy Lee Jones and featuring Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Meryl Streep, Hailee Steinfeld and William Fichtner, the movie is about a woman recruiting a miner to escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa. It is also selected to compete for Palme d'Or in the main competition section.
"The Rover": It is an upcoming Australian movie directed by David Michod and features Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, and Scoot McNairy. Based on a story by David Michod and Joel Edgerton, the film is about a man being made to take on a dangerous gang by circumstances. It will be premiered out of competition at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
"The Search": Featuring Berenice Bejo and Annette Bening in the lead roles, this film directed by Michel Hazanavicius is a remake of Fred Zinnemann's 1948 film with the same title. It is about mother and son looking out for each other post World War II. The film has been selected for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at this year's Cannes film festival.
"Leviathan": Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev and featuring Aleksei Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova and Vladimir Vdovichenkov in the lead roles, the movie is a modern adaption of the Book of Job, wherein a man takes on a corrupt mayor. It has been selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section of the festival.
(Image Credit: Screenshot From The Homesman Trailer on YouTube)