Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life starring Brad Pitt, Lars von Trier's Melancholia and Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay's We Need To Talk About Kevin are among the 19 films screening in competition at the prestigious festival.
Other pictures in contention for the Palm d'Or prize, which last year went to Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, include The Skin That I Inhabit from Pedro Almodóvar, Takashi Miike's Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive and the Sean Penn-led This Must Be The Place.
Gus Van Sant's Restless opens 'Un Certain Regard', which is also screening Elisabeth Olsen's Sundance hit Martha Marcy May Marlene.
Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson's controversial black comedy The Beaver, Johnny Depp-starring sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Nicolas Sarkozy biopic La confute fill 'Out of Competition' slots.
The 2011 Cannes Film Festival will open with the premiere of Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris on May 11 and run through to May 22.
More Cannes Film Festival coverage:
> In Full: Cannes Film Festival 2011 lineup
> Faye Dunaway is Cannes 2011 poster star
> Allen's Midnight In Paris to open Cannes
> Robert De Niro to head Cannes 2011 jury
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Watch the Melancholia trailer below: