Jeff Labrecque
April 12, 2013 AT 04:44 PM EDT

Zulu, a suspenseful political thriller that stars Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker as South African police officers, will close the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 26. Based on the award-winning novel by Caryl Férey and directed by Jérome Salle, the movie digs deep into the urban underbelly of post-apartheid South Africa when a girl is brutally mutilated.

Cannes begins on May 15, with Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby scheduled to open the festival. Steven Spielberg will preside over this year’s jury.

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