Michel Hazanavicius

Coppola, Kidman, virtual reality in Cannes Film Fest lineup

A Civil War film by Sofia Coppola, a Ukrainian road movie and a drama about AIDS activism are among the 18 films competing for top prizes this year at the Cannes Film Festival , an international cinema extravaganza that organizers hope can help counter rising nationalist sentiment around the world.

Festival director Thierry Fremaux and President Pierre Lescure on Thursday announced a lineup that includes Cannes' first virtual-reality entry, tackles topics from animal cruelty to the migrant crisis and offers four chances to see Nicole Kidman onscreen.

Contenders for the top Palme d'Or prize at the 70th Cannes festival include Coppola's spooky Civil War drama "The...