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.
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
Leviathan by Andrey Zvyagintsev