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6. "Jimmy Picard"
Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Mathieu Amalric
A master of ornate narrative, Desplechin has had four films in Competition at Cannes, including his last one, 2008's new seasonal standard (in my household, at least) "A Christmas Tale." So it seems likely that he'll return to the Croisette with his first film in five years. "Jimmy Picard" sees him switching to English for a true-life tale of a PTSD-afflicted Native American WWII veteran and his friendship with a French psychoanalyst. Lest the territory seem disorientingly new for the director, Desplechin's favorite leading man, Mathieu Amalric, is on board -- but this would appear to present a particularly juicy opportunity for Benicio Del Toro in the title role. Between Desplechin, Farhadi and Folman, meanwhile, border-crossing international auteurs could be one of the key themes of this year's Cannes.