Twilight stars in Cannes contest

Movie couple Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart will have competing films at Cannes

Movie couple Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart will have competing films at Cannes

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Twilight's Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart will be competing for one of cinema's most prestigious prizes at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

R-Patz takes the lead role in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis which will be shown in competition at the festival next month.

Also in the running for the Palme d'Or is Walter Salles' adaptation of the Beat Generation novel, On The Road, which features his co-star and girlfriend Kristen Stewart alongside Sam Riley and Kirsten Dunst.

Veteran director Ken Loach will carry British hopes with his new movie about an small-time criminal who is introduced to the world of high-end whisky distilleries.

The Angels' Share is set in Glasgow and stars newcomer Paul Brannigan, Thick Of It actor Roger Allam and John Henshaw from Early Doors.

Also competing for the prestigious Palme d'Or are The Paper Boy, which stars John Cusack, Zac Efron and Nicole Kidman, Lawless - a prohibition-era tale of bootleggers in the American south starring Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Guy Pearce - and Jeff Nichols' Mud which stars Reese Witherspoon.

The films being shown out of competition include legendary Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci's Me And You and Philip Kaufman's Hemingway And Gellhorn which stars Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman in the lead roles of the novelist and his war correspondent wife.

The festival, which runs from May 16 to 27, will open with Wes Anderson's new film Moonrise Kingdom, which stars Tilda Swinton alongside Bruce Willis and Bill Murray and is set in New England in the summer of 1965.

Among the stars who attended last year were Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp.

There could be a return for Pitt again this year after Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly, in which he stars, was also entered to appear in competition.

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