David Cronenberg is one of three Canadian directors competing for the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year. (Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
The Cannes Film Festival announced its official lineup today, and there's more Canadian content than a 22 Minutes Christmas Special.
Three Canadian directors have films in competition (meaning they're all vying to win the prestigious Palme D'Or) at the festival this year. David Cronenberg will premie Maps to the Stars, starring Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska. Quebec filmmaker Xavier Dolan will show Mommy, starring Suzanne Clément and Ann Dorval. And Atom Egoyan will premiere The Captive, starring Rosario Dawson and Canadian actors Ryan Reynolds and Scott Speedman.
The festival includes about 50 films from 28 countries — and this year is the first time ever that three Canadian films have shown in competition at the same time.
"This year's Cannes festival is truly a monumental occasion for Canadian filmmakers," said Carolle Brabant, executive director of Telefilm Canada. "This is the strongest presence we've ever had, and a true testament to the exceptional vision and tremendous artistry of our country's filmmakers. Canadians should feel very proud."
And outside of the main competition, Canadian Ryan Gosling is premiering his directorial debut, Lost River.
All three Canadian directors in competition at Cannes are friends of the show, and have been in the red chair fairly recently. Here's what they had to say when they last talked to George: