Stanley A. McChrystal

Cannes 2017: American indie darlings Noah Baumbach, Todd Haynes and Sofia Coppola form a competition corps

Cannes 2017: American indie darlings Noah Baumbach, Todd Haynes and Sofia Coppola form a competition corps

A range of unconventional American players — from Sofia Coppola to the Safdie brothers, Noah Baumbach to Netflix — will populate this year’s Cannes Film Festival competition lineup.

Organizers announced the selections Thursday morning in Paris, where in addition to some European and Asian favorites came the names of movies by American directors who’ve rarely been in competition at Cannes — or to the festival at all.

Cannes, particularly in its competition lineup, is widely seen as a temperature-read on the state of prestige film. Judging by the slate announced Thursday, the heat is moving decidedly, even startlingly, toward U.S. auteurs and digital upstarts—while studios...

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