In one of those strange coincidences that international film festivals often throw up from time to time, Leigh and Loach - the two living giants of British social realist drama - will actually be going head-to-head in the less familiar territory of period drama. One thing that seems certain, however, is that both directors - with their excellent reputations on the continent and their fine filmmaking pedigree - are going to be serious contenders for Cannes' top prize this time around.
Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner will be released in UK cinemas on 31 October courtesy of Entertainment One UK.
The 67th Cannes Film Festival takes place from 14-25 May 2014. For more Cannes coverage, simply follow this link.