Coppola, Kidman, virtual reality in Cannes Film Fest lineup

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This edition also sees the inclusion of a virtual reality project from Alejandro G. Iñárritu entitled "Carne y arena", as well as two television projects, David Lynch's "Twin Peaks" revival and season two of Jane Campion's "Top of the Lake".

Baumbach's "The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)", starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson, is a Netflix original production, as is another film in competition, "Okja" by the Korean director Bong Joon-ho, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton.

In other words, if you're going to this, consider yourself very lucky.

Last year's victor, Houda Benyamina's Divines, went on to a Golden Globe nomination for best foreign-language film and won a slew of prizes and France's Lumiere and Cesar awards. The rest of us will read the reviews and dream of more interesting futures for ourselves like chumps.

Nicole Kidman and Isabelle Huppert will top the bill at the Cannes Film Festival next month as the world's flagship movie showcase celebrates its 70th anniversary.

Austrian director Michael Haneke, a two-time Palme d'Or victor, returns with "Happy End", whose title, Fremaux noted, bears little relation to its content.

The festival's home in France has strict rules that govern film releases. But 12 titles among the 54 screening in the official lineup - which includes competition and out-of-competition titles, short films, special screenings and the Un Certain Regard sidebar - still means that more than three quarters of the fest's films this year were directed by men.

You Were Never Really Here, starring Joaquin Phoenix, delves into the subject of sex trafficking, while Robin Campillo's 120 Battements Par Minute revisits the Aids crisis.

Political documentaries include "An Inconvenient Sequel", follow-up to Al Gore's climate-change movie "An Inconvenient Truth"; Claude Lanzmann's film about North Korea, "Napalm"; and actress Vanessa Redgrave's directorial debut "Sea Sorrow", about refugees and those trying to help them.

This drama about a filmmaker disturbed by the return of a former lover features A-list French talent in the form of Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Mathieu Amalric.

"Okja" is Bong's fourth foray into the Cannes festival after his "The Host" in 2006, "Tokyo!" in 2008 and "Mother" in 2009, but his first into the official competition category. Expect at least two more films announced before the festival launches, and Canadian premieres may happen in parallel programs still to be announced: Directors' Fortnight and International Critics' Week. And the company sends its acquisition team to scout titles, like Divines, a French film it picked up past year.