Denis Villeneuve film to compete at Cannes festival

Denis Villeneuve, pictured in November 2013. Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

MONTREAL – Denis Villeneuve‘s star-studded English-language project Sicario is headed to the Cannes Film Festival.

The latest project from the Oscar-nominated filmmaker will vie for the Palme d’Or against 16 other films including Todd Haynes’s Carol, Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, and Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees.

The Prisoners director sets his latest feature along the border between Mexico and the United States, following an FBI agent tackling the brutal world of international drug trafficking.

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Sicario stars Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin and is set for release in September.

Last year, fellow Quebec filmmaker Xavier Dolan competed for the coveted Palme d’Or with his film Mommy.

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The festival runs May 13 to 24.

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