The annual Hollywood invasion of the south of France begins Wednesday when the Cannes Film Festival kicks off with the European premiere of “The Great Gatsby,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, then continues for about two weeks with five American movies among the 20 in competition for the Palme d’Or.
It’s an unusually large presence for the United States, especially in the highly coveted competition spot. Joel and Ethan Coen will screen their 1960s folk music homage, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” starring Justin Timberlake and Mulligan; longtime Cannes favorite James Gray will present “The Immigrant,” with Jeremy Renner, Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard; Alexander Payne will debut his road-trip drama “Nebraska,” with Will Forte and Bruce Dern; Jim Jarmusch will bring some bite with “Only Lovers Left Alive,” a vampire tale starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston. And in one of the juiciest premieres, Steven Soderbergh will screen his Liberace tale, “Behind the Candlelabra,” starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon as the showman and his lover.
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Statesman movies editor Charles Ealy has been attending the Cannes Film Festival annually since the late 1990s, when he was the movies editor at The Dallas Morning News. Follow his reports from the festival at austin360.com, starting Wednesday.