Lars Von Trier, Yann Gonzalez, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, “Fahrenheit 451," and Whitney Houston documentary added to official selection

Cannes just made their lineup a lot more intriguing in a matter of minutes as they announced the additions of major auteurs to their lineups this morning.

Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s "The Wild Pear Tree" has been added to competition. Ceylan is a top-tier art-house filmmaker that won the Palme d’or in 2014 for "Winter Sleep," Best Director in 2008 for "Three Monkeys," the Grand Jury prize in 2002 for "Distant," and that same prize again for  2011's masterful "Once Upon A Time In Anatolia,"  the latter of which is still his best movie. 

Also added to competition, and upgraded from the Un Certain Regard section, was "Knife + Heart by French filmmaker Yann Gonzalez and starring Vanessa Paradis and also "Ayka" by Kazakh Sergey Dvortsevoy, director of  the excellent "Tulpan" which won Un Certain Regard Prize in 2008.

The Competition should now be complete and will have 21 films, for those interested in such stats, only three of those films are by women filmmakers.

If anything, the Out of Competition titles announced today might interest a more mainstream-oriented attendee of the fest, such as Lars Von Trier’s "The House That Jack Built" starring Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman, Kevin Macdonald's documentary "Whitney" about the life of singer Whitney Houston, and HBO's sci-fi adaptation of "Fahrenheit 451by the excellent Ramin Bahrani, part of the cast for the latter includes Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon.