American movies are taking centre stage at the Cannes Film Festival, with a fistful of US films and stars including Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain in the 2012 line up announced yesterday.
Among some of the most anticipated titles of the year is an adaptation of Jack Kerouac's Beat classic "On the Road."
It's one of 20 films battling for the May 16-27 festival's coveted top prize.
A total of 54 features representing 26 countries — from the US to Syria, Iran and Brazil — were chosen from a record-breaking 1,779 films submitted to organizers of the French Riviera festival.
"The Artist" star Bernice Bejo will host the opening and closing ceremonies, with Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti chairing the festival's judging panel.
The festival is to close on a bittersweet note with a tribute to French film director Claude Miller, who died two weeks ago.