Cannes unveils 2018 film selection

Added On April 14, 2018

The official selection for the 71st Cannes Film Festival has been announced.
Chinese film "Ash is Purest White" is one of 18 films that will compete for the Palme d'Or, the festival's top award.
The opening film of this year's festival will be "Todos Lo Saben", directed by Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi. 
Asghar has previously won two Oscars for best foreign language film, in 2012 and 2017.
Meanwhile, French cinema legend Jean-Luc Godard will mark his second appearance in the competition, with "The Image Book". Academy Honorary Award winner Spike Lee will also compete, with "Blackkklansman".
Jia Zhang-Ke will represent China with "Ash is Purest White", a love story about a young dancer who falls in love with a local mobster.
SOUNDBITE 1 (French):THIERRY FREMAUX, Cannes Film Festival director
"Another entry for the competition, from the Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhang-Ke, for 'Ash is Purest White.'"
During Thursday's news conference, officials also unveiled candidates for the Un Certain Regard award, as well as short films and other movies to be screened at the 11-day event.
This year, the Palme d'Or jury will be presided by Australian actress Cate Blanchett. Meanwwhile, Oscar and Cannes best actor winner Benicio del Toro, will head the jury for the Un Certain Regard award.
SOUNDBITE 2 (French):THIERRY FREMAUX, Cannes Film Festival director
"As I said, we had received 1,900 films. We had to make a decision, and this is our decision. When I talk about a film from South Africa, from Kenya, from Lebanon, from Egypt, we see that the geographical representation is surely strong this year."
The star-studded 2018 Cannes Film Festival will kick off on May 8th.
The festival will last until May 19th.