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Cannes Film Festival 2014: A Look Ahead

The 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival is set to take place May 14-25, 2014. One month before its opening, let’s take a look at what we know so far.

The acclaimed French actor Lambert Wilson will serve as Master of Ceremonies, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies of the festival. He is the first man to do so since Edouard Baer in 2009. He succeeds Audrey Tautou (2013), Bérénice Béjo (2012), Mélanie Laurent (2011) and Kristin Scott Thomas (2010).

Gilles Jacob, the outgoing festival’s president, took to Twitter to comment Wilson’s role: “Lambert Wilson – witty, elegant, cultured, handsome – defines the word “class”. This year, he’ll serve as Master of Ceremonies. Olé!”

The official film selection has yet to be announced – April 17th – but we do know that Olivier Dahan’s Grace de Monaco will be the opening film this year and Party Girl, Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis's directorial debut, will open the Un Certain Regard program on May 15, 2014.

The jury will be chaired by Jane Campion, the New Zealand director known as the first and only female filmmaker in history to receive the Palme d'Or in Cannes, for The Piano in 1993. The 2014 winners will be announced on Saturday, May 24th.

The Queer Palm, first given in 2010, will be awarded to the best LGBT film. The jury’s president for this award will be Canadian filmmaker Bruce LaBruce. He succeeds Julie Gayet.

Finally, the Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami and the Argentinian director Pablo Trapero will serve as Presidents for the Cinéfondation and short films and for the Un Certain Regard categories respectively. Pablo Trapero already knows the Festival very well since three of his films were presented for Un Certain Regard (El Bonaerense, Carancho and Elefante Blanco) and one was in the official competition (Leonera). Last year, Rithy Panh’s The Missing Picture won the Un Certain Regard award.