3 films by Canadian directors to compete for Palme d’Or at Cannes

David Cronenberg, Xavier Dolan and Atom Egoyan. Getty Images

TORONTO — Three Canadian directors will compete for the prestigious Palme d’Or award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Toronto’s David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan and Montreal’s Xavier Dolan made the list of contenders announced Thursday.

The Cannes festival runs May 14 to 25.

Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, which was partly filmed in Toronto, stars Robert Pattinson and Julianne Moore.

Egoyan’s Captives stars Ryan Reynolds and Rosario Dawson and was filmed in Toronto and Sudbury, Ont.

Dolan’s Mommy, stars Anne Dorval and Antoine-Olivier Pilon. It is the first Quebec film in the competition since Denys Arcand’s 2003 film The Barbarian Invasions.

A Canadian film has never won the top prize at Cannes. Last year’s winner was Blue is the Warmest Colour.

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Lost River, the directorial debut of Ontario’s Ryan Gosling, will be part of the Un Certain Regard program at Cannes.

The three Canadian films will compete for the Palme d’Or against:

Sils Maria by Olivier Assayas

Saint Laurent by Bertrand Bonello

Kis Uykusu (Winter’s Sleep) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Deux Jours, Une Nuit (Two Days, One Night) by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Adieu au Langage (Goodbye to Language) by Jean-Luc Godard

The Search byMichel Hazanavicius

The Homesman by Tommy Lee Jones

Futatsume No Mado (Still the Water) by Naomi Kawase

Mr. Turner by Mike Leigh

Jimmy’s Hall by Ken Loach

Foxcatcher by Bennett Miller

La Meraviglie by Alice Rohrwacher

Timbuktu by Abderrahmane Sissako

Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales) by Damian Szifron

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Leviathan by Andrey Zvyagintsev

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