Thursday, April 23, 2009

NEWS: Cannes Line-Up Announced...

There are many film festival's I want to go to. Toronto, Sundance, Venice, Berlin, but none are at the top of my list. The festival that gets that conveted spot is Cannes, and now, the 2009 Cannes Film Festival's Line-Up has been announced, and it is full of must see films, and ones that I hope get to be released over here. Here's the list:

Opening Night Film:

Up, US., Pete Docter, Bob Peterson

In Competition:

Bright Star, Australia-UK.-France, Jane Campion
Spring Fever, China-France, Lou Ye
Antichrist, Denmark-Sweden-France-Italy, Lars von Trier
Enter the Void, France, Gaspar Noe
Face, France-Taiwan-Netherlands-Belgium, Tsai Ming-liang
Les Herbes Folles, France-Italy, Alain Resnais In the Beginning, France, Xavier Giannoli
A Prophet, France, Jacques Audiard
The White Ribbon, Germany-Austria-France, Michael Haneke
Vengeance, Hong Kong-France-US., Johnnie To
The Time That Remains, Israel-France-Belgium-Italy, Elia Suleiman
Vincere, Italy-France, Marco Bellocchio
Kinatay, Philippines, Brillante Mendoza
Thirst, South Korea-US., Park Chan-wook
Broken Embraces, Spain, Pedro Almodovar
Map of the Sounds of Tokyo, Spain, Isabel Coixet
Fish Tank, UK.-Netherlands, Andrea Arnold
Looking for Eric, UK.-France-Belgium-Italy, Ken Loach
Inglourious Basterds, US., Quentin Tarantino
Taking Woodstock, US., Ang Lee

A Certain Regard:

Mother - Bong Joon Ho
Irene - Alain Cavalier
Precious - Lee Daniels
Demain 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
Tales From the Golden Age - Hanno Hofer, Razvan Marculescu, Cristian Mungiu, Constantin Propescu and Ioanna Uricaru
Tale in the Darkness - Nikolay Khomeriki
Dogtooth - Yorgos Lanthimos
Tzar - Pavel Lounguine
Independencia - Raya Martin
Police, Adjective - Corneliu Porumboiu
Nymph - Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
To Die Like a Man - Joao Pedro Rodrigues
Eyes Wide Open - Haim Tabakman
Samson & Deliah - Warwick Thornton
The Silent Army - Jean Van De Velde
Air Doll - Hirokazu Kore-Eda

Out of Competition:

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Canada-France, Terry Gilliam
The Army of Crime, France, Robert Guediguian
Agora, Spain, Alejandro Amenabar

Midnight Screenings:

A Town Called Panic, Belgium, Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar
Ne te Retourne Pas, France-Belgium-Luxembourg-Italy, Marina de Van
Drag Me to Hell, US, Sam Raimi

Special Screenings:

Petition, China, Zhao Liang
L’epine dans le Coeur, France, Michel Gondry
Min Ye, France-Mali, Souleyumane Cisse
Jaffa, Israel-France-Germany, Keren Yedaya
Manila, Philippines, Adolfo Alix Jr., Raya Martin
My Neighbor, My Killer, US., Anne Aghion

Closing Night Film:

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, France, Jan Kounen


So, there is a lot to talk about here, but the big news is that Heath Ledgers true final performance, The Imaginarium Of Dr. Parnassus will debut at the festival, albeit out of competition. There really are no huge surprises, but here are my top 10 films that, if I were at the festival, I would not miss.

10. Anticrhist
9. Enter The Void
8. Mother
7. The Map Of The Sounds Of Tokyo
6. L’epine dans le Coeur
5. Broken Embraces
4. The White Ribbon
3. Thirst
2. The Imaginarium Of Dr. Parnassus
1. Inglourious Basterds

What films would you circle in your program as must sees? What films are you going to be hunting down when or if they get a release?

Go see something good!

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