April 19, 2007

Cannes. Lineup.

Cannes @ 60 First, click and take a look at that poster. If that doesn't put a smile on your face...

Anyway, the lineup. The buzz was in tune: Wong Kar-wai's My Blueberry Nights will indeed open the Cannes Film Festival (May 16 through 27).

Also lined up:

Updated through 4/23.

And Denys Arcand's L'Âge des ténèbres will wrap the festivities.

Screening out of competition: Michael Moore's Sicko, Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Thirteen and Michael Winterbottom's A Mighty Heart.

The feature films jury: Stephen Frears (prez), Maggie Cheung, Toni Collette, Maria de Medeiros, Sarah Polley, Marco Bellocchio, Orhan Pamuk, Michel Piccoli and Abderrahmane Sissako.

Cine?fondation and short films jury: Jia Zhang-ke, Niki Karimi, Deborah Nadoolman Landis, JMG Le Clezio and Dominik Moll.

Un Certain Regard Un Certain Regard:

More titles, more events, more sections: indieWIRE.

Comments and notations so far: Boyd van Hoeij at european-films.net.

Updates, 4/20: The Guardian's Xan Brooks: "British cinema was effectively shut out of the Cannes film festival with the announcement that no domestic titles are to feature in this year's competition."

Simon Crerar's headline in the London Times: "Americans dominate Cannes line-up."

Deutsche Welle (in English) on Fatih Akin's entry: "His film tells the story of six people whose lives take unexpected turns. As he did in Head-On, Akin explores the often emotionally laden points where Turkish and German culture intersect."

"[W]ith due respect to a very good film festival, it seems anxious to become more irrelevant to the American marketplace every year." David Poland explains.

Jeffrey Wells hears why Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream won't be at Cannes - and a bit more about the film, too.

Geoffrey Macnab picks out the films to look forward to... "But why - Winterbottom aside - the absence of Brits? Given that Ken Loach won the Palme d'Or last year, this perhaps shouldn't be a cause for concern. Then again, it is always at least a slight embarrassment for the UK film industry when there are no local movies to cheer on."

Updates, 4/21: Nathaniel R comments on every film lined up for the Competition.

Glenn Kenny's got notes on some of those films - and on the films he thought might make it but didn't.

Update, 4/23: Fabien Lemercier has a quick overview of other goings on during the festival at Cineuropa.

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Posted by dwhudson at April 19, 2007 5:33 AM


Hi David; you missed out Kim Ki-duk's Breath, which is also in competition!!

Posted by: Boyd at April 19, 2007 5:45 AM

Oops - many thanks, Boyd!

Posted by: David Hudson at April 19, 2007 5:59 AM

What a fabulous poster! So mirthful and clever. And a great line-up. As ever, look forward to your coverage.

Posted by: Michael Guillen at April 19, 2007 11:05 AM

Sadly, just moments after the photo for the poster was snapped and they all landed at the same time, the studio floor gave way.

Posted by: Jerry Lentz at April 19, 2007 12:34 PM