The following films are in contention for the 2012 Palme d'Or, as part fo the official lineup of the Cannes Film Festival. 
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20 Apr 2012 - 12:01 AM  UPDATED 20 Apr 2012 - 12:01 AM

Michael Haneke will once again square off against Jacques Audiard in competition for the Palme d'Or, with their latest films announced as contenders in the Cannes Film Festival Official Competition lineup, announced overnight.

The lineup marks a repeat of 2009, when Haneke's The White Ribbon pipped critic's favourite Audiard's A Prophet for the top prize. This year Haneke's Amour, a story of a woman emerging from a stroke, and Audiard's mystery drama Rust and Bone, face considerable competition from a field of familar names - David Cronenberg (Cosmopolis), Ken Loach (The Angel's Share) , Abbas Kiarostami (Like Someone in Love), Alain Resnais (You Haven't Seen Anything Yet), Lee Daniels (The Paperboy, pictured), Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom) and Walter Salles (On The Road).

The Cannes Film Festival takes place from May 16 - 27 in France.

Opening Night Film / In Competition

Moonrise Kingdom
- Wes Anderson

Official Competition

De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) - Jacques Audiard

Holy Motors- Leos Carax

Cosmopolis- David Cronenberg

The Paperboy (pictured) - Lee Daniels

Killing Them Softly - Andrew Dominik

Reality - Matteo Garrone

Amour (Love) - Michael Haneke

Lawless - John Hillcoat

Da-reun na-ra-e-suh (In Another Country) - Hong Sangsoo

Do-nui mat (The Taste Of Money) - Im sang-soo

Like Someone in Love - Abbas Kiarostami

The Angels' Share - Ken Loach

V Tumane (In the Fog) - Sergei Loznitsa

Beyond the Hills - Cristian Mungiu

Baad el Mawkeaa (After the Battle) - Yousry Nasrallah

Mud - Jeff Nichols

Vous n'avez encore rien vu (You Haven't Seen Anything Yet)- Alain Resnais

Post Tenebras Lux - Carlos Reygadas

On the Road - Walter Salles

Paradies: Liebe (Paradise : Love) - Ulrich Seidl

Jagten (The Hunt) - Thomas Vinterberg

Closing Night Film / Out of Competition

Thérèse desqueyroux - Claude Miller