Will there be blood on the red carpet? Twilight couple Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart go head to head for the Palme d'Or

'On the Road' will be keenly awaited as the first film adaptation of Kerouac's classic book

Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart will have to put the romance on ice next month as their latest films go head-to-head for one of the most prestigious prizes in European film.

A couple off-screen as well as in the blockbuster vampire franchise as Edward and Bella, they star in separate films that were yesterday named in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 65th Cannes Film Festival.

Among their rivals in a year when "American cinema is back in force" – to quote Cannes director Thierry Fremaux – will be a lone British film. Ken Loach secured a record-breaking 11th entry into the festival's official selection with The Angels' Share.

Pattinson, a 25-year-old Londoner, stars as a billionaire in Cosmopolis, while his American girlfriend appears as Marylou in the long-awaited adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On The Road. For either actor, a Palme d'Or-winning film would be a welcome addition to the CV as they seek to win critical approval for their careers outside the teen-friendly Twilight series.

Pattinson has the better chance, according to the bookmakers, who put Cosmopolis at 7/1. The film is directed by David Cronenberg, whose son will also be at Cannes this year. His debut film Antiviral will compete for the Un Certain Regard prize.

On the Road, however, will be more keenly awaited by many, as the first film adaptation of one of the defining works of the Beat Generation. Kerouac's classic has sold over 10 million copies since it was published in 1957, but has never been seen on the big screen before.

Despite Loach's long-running love affair with Cannes, his Glasgow-based comedy is seen as the rank 100/1 outsider to pick up the prize, for which the favourite is Like Someone in Love, directed by Abbas Kiarostami.

The film festival opens on 16 May and runs for 11 days, featuring many films competing for other prizes and out of competition, as well as the Palme d'Or selection. Italian film director Nanni Moretti, who won the Palme d'Or for The Son's Room in 2001, is the head of the jury. The festival will open with Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, which features Bruce Willis and Tilda Swinton, and close with Thérèse Desqueyroux to honour Claude Miller who died earlier this month.

Loach, who won the Palme d'Or for The Wind that Shakes the Barley in 2006 and the Jury Prize for Hidden Agenda in 1990 and Raining Stones three years later, said yesterday: "It may seem strange to say this, but it's a real surprise to be going to Cannes again this year. Cannes is the biggest event in world cinema. It's a privilege to be asked."

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Thomas carried Lady Edith over the flames in her bedroom in Downton Abbey series five

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne, seated next to a picture of his missing wife Amy, played by Rosamund Pike

film
Arts and Entertainment
Rachel, Chandler and Ross try to get Ross's sofa up the stairs in the famous 'Pivot!' scene

Friends 20th anniversary
Arts and Entertainment
Lena Dunham

books
Arts and Entertainment
A bit rich: Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey

There’s revolution in the air, but one lady’s not for turning

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Chloe-Jasmine Whicello impressed the judges and the audience at Wembley Arena with a sultry performance
TVReview: Who'd have known Simon was such a Roger Rabbit fan?
Arts and Entertainment
Nick Frost will star in the Doctor Who 2014 Christmas special

TV
Arts and Entertainment
A spell in the sun: Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in ‘Magic in the Moonlight’
filmReview: Magic In The Moonlight
Arts and Entertainment
Friends is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year
TV
Arts and Entertainment
Ben Whishaw is replacing Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Actor and director Zach Braff

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Maisie Williams plays 'bad ass' Arya Stark in Game of Thrones

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Liam Neeson said he wouldn't

TV
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Meera Syal was a member of the team that created Goodness Gracious Me

TV
Arts and Entertainment
The former Doctor Who actor is to play a vicar is search of a wife

film
Arts and Entertainment

music
Arts and Entertainment
Pointless host Alexander Armstrong will voice Danger Mouse on CBBC

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Pharrell dismissed the controversy surrounding

music
Arts and Entertainment
Jack Huston is the new Ben-Hur

film
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Secret politics of the weekly shop

    The politics of the weekly shop

    New app reveals political leanings of food companies
    Beam me up, Scottie!

    Beam me up, Scottie!

    Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
    Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

    Beware Wet Paint

    The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
    Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

    Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

    Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
    Sanctuary for the suicidal

    Sanctuary for the suicidal

    One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
    A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

    Not That Kind of Girl:

    A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
    London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

    London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

    In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
    Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

    Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

    Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
    Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

    Model mother

    Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
    Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

    Apple still the coolest brand

    Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
    Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

    Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

    Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
    Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

    Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

    The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
    The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

    Scrambled eggs and LSD

    Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
    'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

    'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

    Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
    Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

    New leading ladies of dance fight back

    How female vocalists are now writing their own hits