The line up for the Official Selection of the 64th Cannes Film Festival has been announced, with 49 films hailing from 33 countries.
The UK film industry is celebrating the selection of Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin, starring Tilda Swinton. Based on the best-selling novel by Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin was supported with UK Lottery money through the former UK Film Council, whose film funding activities have now transferred to the BFI.
Tanya Seghatchian, Head of the Film Fund, BFI, said "Lynne has made a stunning, audacious and compelling film about modern motherhood. It is a testimony to her extraordinary vision and reach as a world class film-maker that the film will be premiering at the festival."
Lynne Ramsay leads a quartet of female film-makers into competition at next month's Cannes film festival - the largest representation in the event's 64-year history. Joining Ramsay in the race for the Palme d'Or are Japan's Naomi Kawase (Hanezu No Tsuki), France's Maiwenn Le Besco (Polisse) and the Australian novelist and film-maker Julia Leigh (Sleeping Beauty).
Overall, the Cannes line up is a mix of young film-makers and grand auteurs, as noted by the festival's artistic director Thierry Fremaux. Highly anticipated films from Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, starring Sean Penn and Brad Pitt), Lars von Trier (Melancholia) and Pedro Almodovar (The Skin I Live In) will premiere in the Official Competition strand, whilst Gus van Sant's Restless will open Un Certain Regard.
Screening out of competition is the fourth instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Again starring Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides shot in various locations around London, including the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. The capital is also represented in the Cannes Classic programme, which will feature Stanley Kubrick's London-shot A Clockwork Orange, restored by Warner Bros.
Cannes Film Festival begins on May 11 and runs through May 22. President of this year's Competition Jury is legendary actor and director Robert de Niro. Cult French director Michel Gondry will be presiding over the Short and Cinefoundation Jury, Serbian director Emir Kusturica will head up Un Certain Regard jury and Korean director Bong Joon-ho the Camera D'or strand.