Moonrise Kingdom Photocall at the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Cannes 2012: Great Reviews For Moonrise Kingdom,Coincidentally One Of Our Top Ten Most Anticipated Films

The 65th Cannes Film Festival has begun.

For just under two weeks, a glam mosh-pit of film stars, directors, industry movers and shakers will gather at the biggest and, arguably, most prestigious film festival of them all.

With industry eyes and ears firmly locked on the Cote d’Azur as the feast of premieres, business deals and film showings kicks off, expect glowing and not-so-glowing reviews, couture drama on the steps of Les Grand Palais, and a battalion of press shoving cameras in the faces of the winners – and the losers.

Stargazing potential has quantumed this year due to the highly anticipated presence of massive names such as Brad Pitt, Robert Pattinson, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Kristen Stewart, Zac Efron, to name a few.

But it’s not just big name actors who will be the focus of this year’s Cannes. The return of veteran auteurs such as David Croneberg, Abbas Kiarostami, Walter Salles, Ken Loach, Michael Haneke, Alain Resnais and Jacques Audiard among others, promises quality as well as starpower will grace the Croisette.

Among the varied nationalitied films presenting this year, North American filmmakers are set to make a huge splash this year, beginning with Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom which opened the festivities today and is already garnering great reviews.

22 films will battle in competition for the Palme d’Or, with 19 in the Un Certain Regard category. So without further ado here’s our Top Ten Must Sees, with the most anticipated placing first.

1: Cosmopolis – dir. David Cronenberg. Stars Robert Pattinson, Juliet Binoche, Mathieu Amalric, Sarah Gadon, Samatha Morton, Jay Baruchel

Synopsis: Eric Packer, a billionaire asset manager takes a limo ride on the wild side, as his life and personal fortune collapse amid an imploding Manhattan and attack from various adversaries.

This film has figured consistently in a number of most anticipated lists and premieres on May 25.

2: On The Road – dir. Walter Salles. Stars Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen, Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kirsten Dunst.

Synopsis: The long-awaited, big screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s beat generation classic follows three characters, Sal Paradise, Dean Moriarty and his wife Mary-Lou as they cross 1950’s America on a journey of self-discovery.

3: The Paperboy – dir. Lee Daniels. Stars Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron and John Cusack.

Synopsis: Zac Efron plays the slacker younger brother to McConaughey’s journalist, as McConaughey investigates the possible unlawful incarceration of a convicted killer John Cusack. Kidman brings the disturbing as she embarks on a pas de deux with Zefron while still corresponding with Cusack who, incidentally, is on Death Row.

4: Killing Them Softly – dir. Andrew Dominik. Stars Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins.

Synopsis: After his successful turn in Terrence Malik’s Tree of Life last year, Pitt returns as enforcer Jackie Cogan as he attempts to uncover who is behind a heist that takes place during a mob protected poker game. Obviously it’s all going to get seriously hectic, and that’s just the way we like it.

Brad Pitt in Killing Them Softly
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