Cannes Fever

On May 17, the 59th Annual Cannes Film Festival opens with the world premiere Ron Howard’s The Da Vinci Code starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tatou.

Today the 19 films competing for the Palm D’or (the festival’s top prize) were annouced. (The Da Vinci Code is not in competition.)

They are [SOURCE]:

Volver, Pedro Almodovar, Spain.

Red Road, Andrea Arnold, Britain.

La Raison du Plus Faible (The Weakest Is Always Right), Lucas Belvaux, Belgium.

Indigenes (Natives), Rachid Bouchareb, Algeria.

Iklimler,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey.

Marie-Antoinette, Sofia Coppola, United States.

Juventude Em Marcha (Youth on the Move), Pedro Costa, Portugal.

El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth), Guillermo Del Toro, Mexico.

Babel, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Mexico.

Laitakaupungin Valot (Lights in the Dusk), Aki Kaurismaki, Finland.

Southland Tales, Richard Kelly, United States.

Fast Food Nation, Richard Linklater, United States.

The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Ken Loach, Britain.

Summer Palace, Lou Ye, China.

Il Caimano (The Caiman), Nanni Moretti, Italy.

L’Amico di Famiglia (The Family Friend), Paolo Sorrentino, Italy.

Flandres (Flanders), Bruno Dumont, France.

Selon Charlie (According to Charlie), Nicole Garcia, France.

Quand J’etais Chanteur (When I Was a Singer), Xavier Giannoli, France.

A nine-member jury, headed by Chinese director Wong Kar Wai, will judge the 19 pictures. Also on the panel will be actors Samuel L. Jackson, Monica Bellucci, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth and Zhang Ziyi. Directors Patrice Leconte, Lucrecia Martel and Elia Suleiman, who is Palestinian, also will be on the panel. [SOURCE]

In all, 55 films from 30 countries will be shown, 48 of which will be premieres.

More on the Cannes Film Festival here.

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