The official line up for the 2012 Cannes Film Festival was released this morning, promising such awards-worthy titles as ‘Lawless,’ ‘On the Road,’ ‘Killing Them Softly’ and … ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted?’

OK, so DreamWorks Animation usually grabs a high-profile slot to help launch their summer animated feature (‘Puss In Boots’ and ‘Bee Movie’ are just a few of the studio’s efforts that have trekked to the Croisette to grab valuable media exposure), but the rest of the Cannes roster is filled with heavy hitters.

As we already knew, Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ will open the fest on May 16, and we recently learned that Claude Miller's 'Therese D' will close this year’s gathering. In between, we now know that audiences will be able to see the latest from Andrew Dominik and Brad Pitt; Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg; Dario Argento; Lee Daniels; Walter Salles; Michael Haneke; Takashi Miike; and John Hillcoat, to name just a few.

And while we’re eager to celebrate the riches Cannes has programmed, its impossible not to focus on what is missing from the official line up. Those heading to France for the annual fest were hoping for Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘The Master’ or Terrence Malick’s latest likely are disappointed (though not surprised) to find that neither will make the trip this year. PTA’s film could be at Toronto or Telluride in the fall. Malick? Your guess is as good as ours.

Here’s the official Cannes line up:

In Competition:
’Amour’ (dir. Michael Haneke)
’The Angel's Share’ (dir. Ken Loach)
’Baad EL Mawkeaa (Apres La Bataille’) (dir. Yousry Nasrallah)
’Beyond The Hills’ (dir. Cristian Mungiu)
’Cosmopolis’ (dir. David Cronenberg)
’Holy Motors’ (dir. Leos Carax)
’The Hunt’ (dir. Thomas Vinterberg)
’In Another Country’ (dir. Hong Sang-Soo)
’Im Nebels (Dans La Brume)’ (dir. Sergei Loznitsa)
’Killing Them Softly’ (dir. Andrew Dominik)
’Lawless’ (dir. John Hillcoat)
’Like Someone In Love’ (dir. Abbas Kiarostami)
’Moonrise Kingdom’ (dir. Wes Anderson)
’Mud’ (dir. Jeff Nichols)
’On The Road’ (dir. Walter Salles)
’Paradies: Liebe’ (dir. Ulrich Seidl)
’The Paperboy’ (dir. Lee Daniels)
’Post Tenebras Lux’ (dir. Carlos Reygadas)
’Reality’ (dir. Matteo Garrone)
’Rust & Bone’ (dir. Jacques Audiard)
’Taste Of Money’ (dir. Im Sang-Soo)
’Vous N'Avez Encoure Rien Vu’ (dir. Alain Resnais)

Opening Film:
’Moonrise Kingdom’ (dir. Wes Anderson)

Closing Film:
’Therese D.’ (dir. Claude Miller)

Un Certain Regard:
’Miss Lovely’ (dir. Ashim Ahluwalia)
’La Playa’ (dir. Juan Andres Arango)
’Les Chevaus De Dieu’ (dir. Nabil Ayouch)
’Trois Mondes’ (dir. Catheron Corsini)
’Antiviral’ (dir. Brandon Cronenberg)
’7 Days In Havana’ (dir. Benicio Del Toro, Laurent Cantet, Gaspar Noe etc)
’Le Grand Soir’ (dir. Benoit Delepine & Gustave Kervern)
’Laurence Anyways’ (dir. Xavier Dolan)
’Despues De Lucia’ (dir. Michel Franco)
’Aimer A Perdre La Raison’ (dir. Joachim Lafosse)
’Mystery’ (dir. Lou Ye)
’Student’ (dir. Darezhan Omirbayev)
’La Pirogue’ (dir. Moussa Toure)
’Elefante Blanco’ (dir. Pablo Trapero)
’Confession Of A Child Of The Century’ (dir. Sylvie Verheyde)
’11.25: The Day He Chose His Own Fate’ (dir. Koji Wakamatsu)
’Beasts Of The Southern Wild’ (dir. Benh Zeitlin)

Out of Competition:
’Une Journee Particuliere’ (dir. Gilles Jacob and Samuel Faure)
’Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted’ (dir. Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath)
’Dario Argento's Dracula’ (dir. Dario Argento)
’Io E Te’ (dir. Bernardo Berolucci)
’Hemingway & Gellhorn’ (Dir. Philip Kaufman)
’Ai To Makoto’ (dir. Takashi Miike)

Special Screening:
’Der Mull Im Garten Eden’ (dir. Faith Akin)
’Mekong Hotel’ (dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
’Villegas’ (dir. Gonzalo Tobal)
’A Musica Segundo Tom Jobim’ (dir. Nelson Pereira Do Santos)
’Journal De France’ (dir. Claudine Nougaret & Raymond Depardon)
’Les Invisbles’ (dir. Sebastien Lifshitz)
’The Central Park Five’ (dir. Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon)
’Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir’ (dir. Laurent Bouzereau)

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