The Cannes Film Festival has announced the competition lineup for 2011 and it’s a stunner, featuring a hotshot collection of directors that range from Terrence Malick, the Dardenne brothers, Pedro Almodovar, Lars Von Trier, Nanni Moretti, and Woody Allen according to The Hollywood Reporter.   Robert De Niro will be heading up the festival’s VIP jury.

The big—and long-awaited—news of the festival is that Terrence Malick’s mysterious new film, The Tree of Life (which stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn), has been nabbed by festival director Thierry Fremaux.

The Cannes Film Festival “selection features 49 feature films from 33 different countries including 44 world premieres and a 19-film strong Competition.”  Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris is set to open the fest.  Films like Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and The Beaver will also be screened out of competition, which is French for ‘no way in Hell these things would win a single award, but they have big stars and the studios strong-armed us, so what can ya do?’.

The Cannes Film Festival will run from May 11 to 22.   Dig the full list of films below, via The Hollywood Reporter:

OPENING FILM
“Midnight in Paris,” Woody Allen

COMPETITION
“Drive,” Nicolas Winding Refn
“Footnote,” Josef Cedar
“Hanezu no Tsuki,” Naomi Kawase
“Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai,” Takashi Miike
“The Kid With a Bike,” Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
“L’apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close),” Bertrand Bonello
“Le Havre,” Aki Kaurismaki
“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan
“Melancholia,” Lars von Trier
“Michael,” Markus Schleinzer
“Pater,” Alain Cavalier
“Polisse,” Maiwenn
“The Skin That I Inhabit,” Pedro Almodovar
“Sleeping Beauty,” Julia Leigh
“La Source des femmes,” Radu Mihaileanu
“This Must Be the Place,” Paolo Sorrentino
“The Tree of Life,” Terrence Malick
“We Have a Pope,” Nanni Moretti
“We Need to Talk About Kevin,” Lynne Ramsay

UN CERTAIN REGARD
“Arirang,” Kim Ki-duk
“Bonsai,” Cristian Jimenez
“The Day He Arrives,” Hong Sang-soo
“Et maintenant on va ou?,” Nadine Labaki
“Halt auf freier Strecke,” Andreas Dresen
“Hors Satan,” Bruno Dumont
“The Hunter,” Bakur Bakuradze
“Les Neiges du Kilimandjaro,” Robert Guediguian
“L’exercisce de l’etat,” Pierre Schoeller
“Loverboy,” Catalin Mitulescu
“Martha Marcy May Marlene,” Sean Durkin
“Miss Bala,” Gerardo Naranjo
“Restless,” U.S., Gus Van Sant
“Oslo, August 31st,” Joachim Trier
“Skoonheid,” Oliver Hermanus
“Tatsumi,” Singapore, Eric Khoo
“Trabalhar cansa,” Juliana Rojas, Marco Dutra
“Toomelah,” Ivan Sen
“The Yellow Sea,” Na Hong-jin

OUT OF COMPETITION
“The Beaver,” Jodie Foster
“The Artist,” Michel Hazanavicius
“The Conquest,” Xavier Durringer
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” Rob Marshall

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS
“Wu Xia,” Peter Chan Ho-sun
“Dias de gracia,” Everardo Gout

SPECIAL SCREENINGS
“Labrador,” Frederikke Aspock
“Le maitre des forges de l’enfer,” Rithy Panh
“Michel Petrucciani,” Michael Radford
“Tous au Larzac,” Christian Rouaud

What do you think of the Cannes lineup?