Line-Up of 2009 Cannes Film Festival Announced

Line-Up of 2009 Cannes Film Festival Announced

Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds', Ang Lee's 'Taking Woodstock' and Lars von Trier's 'Antichrist' are unveiled to be among the in-competition films at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
The official selection of movies to be shown at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival has finally been unveiled. In the festival that will be kicked off on May 13 and wrapped on May 24, a total of 52 films will be featured from four categories, In Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition, and Special Screenings.

Pedro Almodovar's "Broken Embraces", Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock" and Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" are listed among the 20 In Competition movies. They will be up against Jane Campion's "Bright Star", Ken Loach's "Looking for Eric", Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon", Lars von Trier's "Antichrist" and Park Chan-wook's "Thirst" among others.

Terry Gilliam-directed drama fantasy starring Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law and the late Heath Ledger, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus", has been included in the Out of Competition line-up. In the meantime, Sam Raimi's horror "Drag Me to Hell" enters the Midnight Screenings list.

Opening the annual fest held at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres in France on May 13 will be Pete Docter and Bob Peterson-directed animation "Up", while closing the fest is Jan Kounen's "Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky".

The detailed line-up for the festival was outed by the fest duo Gilles Jacob and Fremaux at a news conference Thursday, April 23, in Paris. On the occasion, Jacob also revealed plans to post the first five minutes of all films on Festival de Cannes site. "We hope that Internet users, leaving their consoles and GameBoys behind, will be tempted to rush into the closest movie theater to discover the rest," he explained.

Opening Night Film: "Up", Pete Docter

In Competition: Un Certain Regard:
  • "Mother", Bong Joon-ho
  • "Irene", Alain Cavalier
  • "Precious", Lee Daniels
  • "Demaine Des L'Aube", Denis Dercourt
  • "Adrift", Heitor Dhalia
  • "Nobody Knows About The Persian Cats", Bahman Ghobadi
  • "The Wind Journeys", Ciro Guerra
  • "Le Pere De Mes Enfants", Mia Hansen-Love
  • "Tale In The Darkness", Nikolay Khomeriki
  • "Air Doll", Hirokazu Kore-Eda
  • "Dogtooth", Giorgos Lanthimos
  • "Tzar", Pavel Lounguine
  • "Independence", Raya Martin
  • "Police, Adjectiv", Corneliu Porumboiu
  • "Nymph", Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
  • "To Die Like A Man", Joao Pedro Rodrigues
  • "Eyes Wide Open", Haim Tabakman
  • "Samson & Delilah", Warwick Thornton
  • "The Silent Army", Jean van de Velde
  • "Tales From The Golden Age", Hanno Hofer, Razvan Marculescu, Cristian Mungiu, Constantin Propescu, Ioanna Uricaru
Out of Compettition: Special Screenings:
  • "Petition", Zhao Liang
  • "L'epine Dans le Coeur", Michel Gondry
  • "Min Ye", Souleymane Cisse
  • "Jaffa", Keren Yedaya
  • "Manila", Adolfo Alix Jr. and Raya Martin
  • "My Neighbor, My Killer", Anne Aghion
Midnight Screenings:
  • "A Town Called Panic", Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar
  • "Ne Te Retourne Pas", Marina de Van
  • "Drag Me to Hell", Sam Raimi
Closing Night Film: "Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky", Jan Kounen

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