Cannes Line-Up Announced

Basterds, Antichrist and Dr Parnassus

Cannes Line-Up Announced

by Helen O'Hara |
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The line up for the 2009 Cannes Film Festival has been announced, and it promises to be a rather interesting year on the Croissette. Quite a few Cannes-favourite directors return to the fold - Almodovar, Tarantino, Von Trier, To and Campion - but there are interesting films in the line-up from the likes of Terry Gilliam and Sam Raimi too.

Tarantino's bringing Inglourious Basterds to town, in news long anticipated and planned but now confirmed. Almodovar's latest Penelope Cruz-starrer, Broken Embraces, will also play (if you really can't wait, that's already out in Spain), while Von Trier will bring his intriguing Antichrist to the Festival too (check out the trailer).

Johnny To is back at the Festival (following a storming performance in 2005 for Election) with Vengeance, and Michael Haneke is bringing The White Ribbon, a black-and-white film about fascism in a German school in 1913.

The opening film is Pixar's Up, which was already announced, but now we know that the Festival will close with Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky, Jan Koenen's film that's one of two competing Chanel biopics, with Anne Fontaine's Audrey Tautou-starrer lagging behind suddenly.

Brits-wise, Ken Loach is bringing his footballing drama Looking For Eric (starring, among others, Eric Cantona!) and Andrea Arnold is bringing Fish Tank after winning the Jury Prize in 2006 for her debut film Red Road.

Ang Lee will premiere Taking Woodstock there, after a last-minute screening convinced organisers to include it. Liev Schreiber, Emile Hirsch and Jeffrey Dean Morgan star in that. Jane Campion brings Bright Star, about the poet Keats and his love affair with his next-door neighbour, with Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish.

Korea's well represented with Park Chan-Wook bringing Thirst, about a man of faith turned into a vampire by a failed medical experiment, and Bong Joon-Ho (of The Host) bringing Mother to the Un Certain Regard section, about a mother's search for the killer who framed her son.

Out of competition screenings include Terry Gilliam's much-anticipated The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus and Sam Raimi's Drag Me To Hell.

The full line up is below, with the Director's Fortnight selection due to follow in a week or two. 52 films from 32 countries will be screened during the Festival, with 46 of those world premieres. The Festival runs from May 13 to 24.


Pedro Almodovar - Broken Embraces

Andrea Arnold - Fish Tank

Jacques Audiard - Un Prophete

Marco Bellocchio – Vincere

Jane Campion - Bright Star

Xavier Giannoli – A L'Origine

Isabel Coixet – Map of the Sounds of Tokyo

Michael Haneke - The White Ribbon

Ang Lee – Taking Woodstock

Ken Loach – Looking for Eric

Lou Ye - Spring Fever

Brillante Mendoza – Kinatay

Gaspar Noe – Enter The Void

Park Chan-Wook – Thirst

Alain Resnais – Les Herbes Folles

Elia Suleiman – The Time That Remains

Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds

Johnnie To – Vengeance

Tsai Ming-liang – Face

Lars Von Trier – Antichrist

Un Certain Regard

Bong Joon Ho - Mother

Alain Cavalier - Irene

Lee Daniels - Precious

Denis Dercourt- Demain Des L'Aube

Heitor Dhalia - Adrift

Bahman Ghobadi - Nobody Knows About The Persian Cats

Ciro Guerra - The Wind Journeys

Mia Hansen-Love - Le Pere De Mes Enfants

Hanno Hofer, Razvan Marculescu, Cristian Mungiu, Constantin Propescu and Ioanna Uricaru - Tales From The Golden Age

Nikolay Khomeriki - Tale In The Darkness

Yorgos Lanthimos -Dogtooth

Pavel Lounguine - Tzar

Raya Martin - Independencia

Corneliu Porumboiu - Police, Adjective

Pen-Ek Ratanaruang - Nymph

Joao Pedro Rodrigues - To Die Like A Man

Haim Tabakman - Eyes Wide Open

Warwick Thornton - Samson & Delilah

Jean Van De Velde - The Silent Army

Hirokazu Kore-Eda - Air Doll

Closing Film

Jan Kounen – Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

Out of Competition

Robert Guediguian - L'Armee Du Crime

Alejandro Amenabar - Agora

Terry Gilliam The Imaginarium Of Dr Parnassus

Midnight Screenings

Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar - A Town Called Panic

Sam Raimi - Drag Me To Hell

Marina De Van – Ne Te Retourne Pas

Special Screenings

Anne Aghion - My Neighbor, My Killer

Adolfo Alix Jr and Raya Martin - Manila

Souleymane Cisse - Min Ye

Michel Gondry - L'Epine Dans Le Coeur

Zhao Liang - Petition

Keren Yedaya - Jaffa

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