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Canadians are heading to Cannes

Four Canadian directors find themselves as part of the Official Selection of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, one of the world’s most prestigious film fests.

David Cronenberg will bow once again on La Croisette. His latest, the long-awaited Cosmopolis starring Robert Pattinson and Sarah Gadon, has been selected to compete for the coveted Palme d’or.

And joining the director will be his son, Brandon Cronenberg, presenting his first feature Antiviral in the Un Certain Regard parallel program. This is his first appearance at Cannes.

Also joining the Cronenberg duo, Xavier Dolan’s third film, Laurence Anyways, was also given a coveted Un Certain Regard slot, marking his third appearance at Cannes.

Columbian-born Canadian Juan Andres Arango will also present his first feature La Playa, a Brazil-Columbia-France coproduction. This will be his first trip to Cannes.

The complete Official Selection is online here.

As announced earlier in the week, Canada will also compete for the short film Palme d’or. Quebec director Chloé Robichaud’s Chef de meute was selected amongst the 4,500 shorts submitted this year.

The full selection can be found online here.

The Semaine de la Critique and Quinzaine des Réalisateurs will be announced early next week, April 23 and 24 respectively.