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Movies by David Cronenberg, Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach are among the films selected to compete for the top Palme d'Or prize at next month's Cannes Film Festival, organisers said on Thursday. After months of speculation, just 18 of the more than 1,700 films submitted were rewarded with a berth in a line-up packed with Cannes' signature mix of established names and arthouse "auteurs". Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars", Godard's "Adieu au Langage", Leigh's "Mr Turner" and Loach's "Jimmy's Hall", expected to be his last feature, will all be in competition at the May 14-25 movie extravaganza on the French Riviera. Announcing the shortlist at a ceremony in Paris, artistic director Thierry Fremaux tried to dampen down the controversy surrounding opening film "Grace of Monaco".