Tarantino, the Coen brothers, and Gus Van Sant--all
past winners of the Cannes Film Festival--are in
the running for a second trophy as the French Riviera
festival celebrates its 60th anniversary next month.
show his killer-on-wheels movie Death Proof, the
Coens will play their Rio Grande adventure No
Country for Old Men, and Van Sant will screen
Paranoid Park, about a skateboarder who
accidentally kills a security guard.
Americans have already won the Palme d'Or, Cannes's top
prize. Bosnian director Emir Kusturica has taken it
twice; his new movie at Cannes is Promise Me
This, organizers said Thursday as they announced
the lineup for the May 16-27 festival.
movie, My Blueberry Nights, is from another
Cannes veteran, Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai. It stars
singer Norah Jones in her acting debut as well as Jude Law,
Natalie Portman, and Rachel Weisz.
every year for a lineup that hits just the right balance
of Hollywood blockbusters and small art-house films, mixing
in surprise hits by unknowns and the occasional
scandal-sparking screening. The pressure is on this
year as Cannes celebrates a major anniversary.
Festival President Gilles Jacob said he strove to ''mix
heritage and modernity, great filmmakers and start-ups.''
Of the 22 films
in the lineup, 13 are by directors who have never
appeared in the main competition before.
Fincher (Fight Club) will compete with his
newest, Zodiac, about the hunt for the serial
killer who terrorized the San Francisco Bay area
during the late 1960s.
Marjane Satrapi will show the screen adaptation of her
graphic novel Persepolis, a memoir of growing
up in Iran after the 1979 Islamic revolution. Her
codirector is Vincent Paronnaud.
Julian Schnabel, who made the movie Before Night
Falls, is showing a French-language movie. Le
Scaphandre et le Papillon (The Diving Bell and
the Butterfly) is based on a memoir by a
French magazine editor who became paralyzed after a stroke
and learned to write again by blinking his eyelid into a
Some of the most
highly awaited movies are not in the running for prizes.
Michael Moore, who won the Palme d'Or for Fahrenheit
9/11 in 2004, will be back with another irreverent
documentary, Sicko, about health care in
Ocean's Thirteen will screen, as will A Mighty
Heart, with Angelina Jolie playing the widow of
journalist Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and slain in
doesn't have a movie at Cannes, but he'll be busy. The
Oscar-winning director (The Departed) will give
a master class on moviemaking to students and film buffs,
and he'll announce the creation of a new cinema
foundation. He won Cannes's top prize with Taxi
Driver in 1976.
Stephen Frears (The Queen) leads the jury at
the festival. The Palme d'Or and other awards will be
announced May 27.
in the running, the Coens already won the Palme d'Or in
1991 for Barton Fink. Tarantino won in 1994 for
Pulp Fiction, and Van Sant was honored in
2003 for Elephant. Kusturica won twice: in 1985
for When Father Was Away on Business and again
in 1995 for Underground.
The movies in
competition at the Cannes Film Festival as announced
Thursday, listed by director and director's nationality,
followed by special out-of-competition showings.
Festival runs May 16-27. (AP)
My Blueberry Nights, Wong Kar-wai, China
(opening night film)
Auf Der Anderen Seite (On the Other Side),
Fatih Akin, Germany
Une Vieille Maitresse (An Old Mistress),
No Country for Old Men, Joel and Ethan Coen,
Zodiac, David Fincher, United States
We Own the Night, James Gray, United States
Les Chansons d'Amour, Christophe Honore, France
Mogari No Mori, Naomi Kawase, Japan
Breath, Kim Ki-duk, South Korea
Promise Me This, Emir Kusturica, Bosnia
Secret Sunshine, Lee Chang-Dong, South Korea
4 Luni, 3 Saptamini Si 2 Zile (4 Months, 3 Weeks
and 2 Days), Cristian Mungiu, Romania
Tehilim, Raphael Nadjari, France
Stellet Licht (Silent Light), Carlos
Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent
Paronnaud, Iran and France
Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (The Diving Bell and
the Butterfly), Julian Schnabel, United States
Import Export, Ulrich Seidl, Austria
Alexandra, Alexandr Sokurov, Russia
Death Proof, Quentin Tarantino, United States
The Man From London, Bela Tarr, Hungary
Paranoid Park, Gus Van Sant, United States
Izgnanie (The Banishment), Andrei
L'age des Tenebres (The Age of Darkness), by
Denys Arcand, Canada (closing-night film)
Sicko, Michael Moore, United States
Ocean's Thirteen, Steven Soderbergh, United
A Mighty Heart, Michael Winterbottom, Britain
Go Go Tales, Abel Ferrara, United States
U2 3D, Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington,
Ireland and United States
11th Hour, Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia
Conners, United States
The War, Lynn Novick and Ken Burns, United
He Fengming (Chronicle of a Chinese Woman),
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