April 18, 2013 at 01:12 PM EDT

The lineup for the Cannes Film Festival includes 19 films and lots of world cinema, including from some of the globe’s most difficult locales for artists.

Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux said Thursday that the high-profile festival protects talent in countries where freedom of expression is threatened.

Among the films in competition for the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or, are Chadian work Grigris and Chinese film A Touch of Sin. A Mexican narco-film, Heli, shows the constants of family and love in crisis.

The festival will also have works from old favorites including Ethan and Joel Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis and Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra.

Steven Spielberg will head the jury, and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby will open the event that runs May 15-26. For the full list of films in competition, click below.

A Chateau in Italy by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi

Inside Llewyn Davis by Ethan and Joel Coen

Michael Kohlhaas by Arnaud Despallieres

Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian) by Arnaud Desplechin

Heli by Amat Escalante

The Past by Asghar Farhadi

The Immigrant by James Gray

Grigris by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

A Touch of Sin by Jia Zhangke

Like Father, Like Son by Kore-Eda Hirokazu

The Life of Adele by Abdellatif Kechiche

Shield of Straw by Takashi Miike

Young and Pretty by Francois Ozon

Nebraska by Alexander Payne

Venus in Fur by Roman Polanski

Behind the Candelabra by Steven Soderbergh

The Great Beauty by Paolo Sorrentino

Borgman by Alex van Warmerdam

Only God Forgives by Nicolas Winding Refn


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