Cannes has added The Salesman from Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi (A Separation) to this year’s official competition line-up. In 2013 Farhadi’s The Past played in competition. Farhadi won the prize of the Ecumenical jury, while Berenice Bejo won the Best Actress award. This year’s official competition line-up is now 21 titles.
A three-time winner at the Berlinale, David Mackenzie has Hell or High Water added to the Un Certain Regard line-up.
Away from the competitive programme, Jean-Francois Richet’s Blood Father , led by Mel Gibson, becomes the third Midnight Screening title. Karim Dridi’s Chouf, Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet’s La Forêt de Quinconces (Fool Moon) and Jonathan Littell’s Wrong Elements will receive Special Screenings.
The titles join those named earlier for the Cannes Classics selection.
Following the announcement of the death of Prince on Friday, the Festival has also announced it will honour him, although details haven’t yet been announced how that will be done. Prince wrote, arranged and performed much of the music for Spike Lee’s 1996 feature Girl 6 which premiered at Cannes. Prince won an Oscar for Best Original Song for Purple Rain from the documentary of the same name.
The 2016 Cannes Film Festival will run 11 – 22 May.