These Are the Official Long-Awaited Selections for the 2015 Cannes Film Festival

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Le Festival International du Film de Cannes, or the Cannes International Film Festival, one of the largest and most prestigious in the film industry, finally announced their official selections Thursday morning for the run of films that will be shown from May 13 to 24 in southern France.

With this year's jury co-led by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, 43 films were selected for screening in the various categories.

In competition: This main category includes 18 films a jury will consider for the festival's grand prize, the Palme d'Or.

Jacques Audiard's Dheepan
Emmanuelle Bercot's Standing Tall (La Tête Haute)
Stéphane Brizé's A Simple Man
Valeria Donzelli's Marguerite and Julien
Matteo Garrone's The Tale of Tales
Todd Haynes's Carol
Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Assassin
Jia Zhangke's Mountains May Depart
Hirokazu Kore-eda's Our Little Sister
Justin Kurzel's Macbeth
Yorgos Lanthimos's The Lobster
Maïwenn's My King
Nanni Moretti's My Mother
László Nemes's Son of Saul
Paolo Sorrentino's Youth
Joachim Trier's Louder Than Bombs
Gus Van Sant's The Sea of Trees
Denis Villeneuve's Sicario

Un Certain Regard: This is a collection international films, often with unusual vision, which deserve recognition and are in parallel competition to the Palme d'Or.

Neeraj Ghaywan's Masaan
Grímur Hákonarson's Rams
Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Journey to the Shore
Laurent Larivière's I Am a Soldier
Dalibor Matanic's The High Sun
Roberto Minervini's The Other Side
Radu Muntean's One Floor Below
Oh Seung-Uk's The Shameless
David Pablos' The Chosen Ones
Ida Panahandeh's Nahid
Corneliu Porumboiu's The Treasure
Gurvinder Singh's The Fourth Direction
Shin Suwon's Madonna
Alice Winocour's Maryland

Out of competition: While these films have the honor of being viewed in the festival, they are not competing for a prize.

Woody Allen's Irrational Man
Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen's Inside Out
George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road
Mark Osborne's The Little Prince

Special screenings: These are presented in a specific environment which corresponds with the identity and essence of the films. 

Souleymane Cisse's Oka
Elad Keidan's Hayored Lema'ala
Natalie Portman's A Tale of Love and Darkness
Barbet Schroeder's Amnesia
Pavle Vuckovic's Panama

Midnight screenings: Screened at midnight...

Hong Wan-Chang's Office
Asif Kapadia's Amy

Films to watch out for: A number of films in the main category feature Hollywood powerhouses and are likely to garner attention on this side of the pond. These include Carol (Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara), Sea of Trees (Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts), Sicario (Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin and Emily Blunt) and The Early Years (Rachel Weisz and Michael Caine).

Pixar's Inside Out also made the cut, which should be characteristically charming and whimsical. And, of course, scores of fans eagerly await The Little Prince.

Initially started so that France could rival Italy's Venice Film Festival, Cannes was supposed to premier in 1939. However, the events of World War II delayed the launch of this cultural celebration to 1946. In the intervening decades, it has become one of the most revered film festivals in the world.

Keep your eyes and ears open for these flicks, which will make their way into theaters in the next year.