2012 Cannes lineup: Film festival features Brad Pitt, Robert Pattinson and more

canness-lineup-2012.jpgThe lineup for the 2012 Cannes Film Festival has been announced and there are some big U.S. names heading across the pond to take part in the cinematic showcase this year, which takes place May 16-27 in France.

The festival kicks off with "Moonrise Kingdom," directed and written by Wes Anderson ("Rushmore," "The Royal Tenebaums") and starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand.

Another all-star cast U.S. movie is "The Paperboy," which is about a woman (Nicole Kidman) in love with an inmate (John Cusack) who is jailed for killing a corrupt, cold-blooded sheriff.

Brad Pitt will once again be heading to Cannes for "Killing Them Softly," in which he stars as a point man for a hitman. James Gandolfini and Ray Liotta also star.

Robert Pattinson may be making a big splash in what is perhaps his break-out role from the "Twiligiht" saga with Canadian film "Cosmopolis," by David Cronenberg ("eXistenZ," "A History of Violent"). Pattinson is Eric Packer, a Wall Street broker that the film follows during one day of his hectic life. It also stars Paul Giamatti, Juliette Binoche and Samantha Morton.

Also making its debut is a silver screen adaptation of "On the Road," the famous Jack Kerouac novel. It stars Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Steve Buscemi and Elisabeth Moss.

Here is the complete lineup of the Competition movies, with their directors and country listed:

Moonrise Kingdom     Wes Anderson     United States
Rust and Bone          Jacques Audiard     France, Belgium
Holy Motors              Leos Carax     France, Germany
Cosmopolis               David Cronenberg     Canada
The Paperboy            Lee Daniels     United States
Killing Them Softly     Andrew Dominik     United States
Reality                      Matteo Garrone     Italy
Love                          Michael Haneke     France, Germany, Austria
Lawless                     John Hillcoat     United States
In Another Country      Hong Sang-soo     South Korea
The Taste of Money     Im Sang-soo     South Korea
Like Someone in Love  Abbas Kiarostami     France, Japan
The Angels' Share       Ken Loach     United Kingdom, France
In the Fog                  Sergei Loznitsa     Germany, Netherlands, Belarus, Russia, Latvia
Beyond the Hills         Cristian Mungiu     Romania
After the Battle           Yousry Nasrallah     Egypt
Mud                          Jeff Nichols     United States
You Haven't Seen Anything Yet     Alain Resnais     France
Post Tenebras Lux      Carlos Reygadas     France, Mexico, Netherlands
On the Road               Walter Salles     Brazil, France, United Kingdom, United States
Paradise                     Ulrich Seidl     Austria
The Hunt                    Thomas Vinterberg     Denmark, Sweden

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