Jodie Foster’s The Beaver, starring Mel Gibson, is the surprise inclusion in this year’s list of major films playing in Cannes, announced this morning in Paris. As expected, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life will play In Competition, vying with other festival-favorite directors including Pedro Almodovar, Aki Kaurismaki, Takashi Miike, Nanni Moretti, Lynne Ramsay, Nicolas Winding Refn and Lars von Trier. Malick’s Days Of Heaven played In Competition in Cannes in 1979, winning best director. This year’s list promises a much livelier event than last year’s, which left critics bored with the selection. And you can expect plenty of star wattage at next month’s festival –- something lacking last year – assuming, that is, all the stars show up: Brad Pitt (The Tree of Life); Sean Penn (This Must Be the Place); Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and Keith Richards (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides); Ryan Gosling (Drive); Antonio Banderas (The Skin I Live In); and Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin). But perhaps Carla Bruni, the ex-supermodel wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, will upstage them all as she shreds flashbulbs on the Palais red carpet for Woody’s latest, the opening-night film Midnight In Paris.

Opening Film
Midnight In Paris, dir. Woody Allen (Out of Competition)

Competition
The Skin I Live In, dir. Pedro Almodovar
House of Tolerance (L’apollonide – Souvenirs de la maison close), dir. Bertrand Bonello
Pater, dir. Alain Cavalier
Footnote, dir. Joseph Cedarhttp
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu ), dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan
The Kid With A Bike (Le Gamin Au Velo), dirs. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Le Havre, dir. Aki Kaurismaki
Hanezu No Tsuki, dir. Naomi Kawase
Sleeping Beauty, dir. Julia Leigh
Poliss, dir. Maiwenn
The Tree of Life, dir. Terrence Malick
La Source des Femmes, dir. Radu Mihaileanu
Hara-kiri: Death Of A Samurai, dir. Takashi Miike
We Have a Pope (Habemus Papum), dir. Nanni Moretti
We Need to Talk About Kevin, dir. Lynne Ramsay
Michael, dir. Markus Schleinzer
This Must Be The Place, dir. Paolo Sorrentino
Melancholia, dir. Lars Von Trier
Drive, dir. Nicolas Winding Refn

Out Of Competition
The Conquest, dir. Xavier Durringer
The Beaver, dir. Jodie Foster
The Artist, dir. Michel Hazanavicius
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, dir. Rob Marshall

Un Certain Regard
Restless, dir. Gus Van Sant [opening film]
The Hunter, dir. Bakur Bakuradeze
Halt auf freier Strecke, dir. Andreas Dresen
Hors Satan, dir. Bruno Dumont
Martha Marcy May Marlene, dir. Sean Durkin
The Snows of Kilamanjaro, dir. Robert Guedeguian
Skoonheid, dir. Oliver Hermanus
The Day He Arrives, dir. Hong Sang-soo
Bonsai, dir. Cristian Jimenez
Tatsumi, dir. Eric Koo
Arirang, dir. Kim Ki-duk
Where Do We Go Now?, dir. Nadine Labaki
Loverboy, dir. Catalin Mitulescu
Yellow Sea, dir. Na Hong-jin
Miss Bala, dir. Gerardo Naranjo
Trabalhar Cansa, dirs. Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra
L’exercice de l’etat, dir. Pierre Schoeller
Toomelah, dir. Ivan Sen
Oslo, August 31, dir. Joachim Trier

Midnight Screenings
Wu Xia, dir. Chan Peter Ho-Sun
Dias De Gracia, dir. Everardo Gout

Special Screenings
Labrador, dir. Frederikke Aspock
Le Maitre Des Forges De L’Enfer, dir. Rithy Panh
Michel Petrucciani, dir. Michael Radford
Tous Au Larzac, dir. Christian Rouaud