The Cannes Film Festival(May 11-22) unveiled its line-up this morning, with a string of establishedarthouse directors such as Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, Gus Van Sant, DavidCronenberg and Lars von Trier set to compete for the Palme d'Or.
Geographically, the competition selection is fairly widespread. Three films from France play in main competition, four from the US and four from Asia. No UK film has made the competition, although Martha Fiennes' Chromophobia plays as the closing film out of competition. Surprise selections include Kilometre Zero by Iraq's Hiner Saleem and The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada, the feature directorial debut of US actor Tommy Lee Jones.
The choice of Dominik Moll's Lemming as opening night film is a suprise as George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith had been widely tipped to open the event. Instead it will play out of competition as a special screening..
Full competition line-up:
Lemming - Dominik Moll (Opening Film) (Fr)
Sin City - Roberto Rodriguez and Frank Miller (US)
Last Days - Gus Van Sant (US)
Manderlay - Lars von Trier (Denmark)
Where The Truth Lies - Atom Egoyan (Canada)
Once You're Born You Can No Longer Hide - Marco Tullio Giordana (Italy)
Hidden - Michael Haneke (France)
A History Of Violence - David Cronenberg (Canada)
The Best Of Our Times - Hou Hsiao-Hsien (Taiwan)
Election - Johnny To (China)
Broken Flowers - Jim Jarmusch (US)
The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada - Tommy Lee Jones (US)
Bashing - Kobayashi Masahiro (Japan)
Batalla En El Cielo - Carlos Reygadas (Mexico)
Kilometre Zero - Hiner Saleem (Iraq)
Shanghai Dreams - Wang Xiaoshuai (China)
Peindre Or Faire L'Amour - Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu (France)
The Child - The Dardenne Brothers (Belgium)
Don't Come Knockin' - Wim Wenders (Germany)
Free Zone - Amos Gitai (Israel)
Out of competition:
Chromophobia - Martha Fiennes (closing film) (UK)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith- George Lucas (US)
Matchpoint - Woody Allen (US)
Merry Christmas, dir: Christian Carion
Midnight Screenings, Out Of Competition
Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang, dir: Shane Black
A Bitter Sweet Life, dir: Kim Jee-woon
Midnight Movies From The Margin To The Mainstream, dir Stuart Samuels.
Special Screenings, Out Of Competition
C'est Pas Tout A Fait La Vie Don't J'Avais Reve, dir: Michel Piccoli
Crossing The Bridge, dir: Fatih Akin
The Power Of Nightmares, dir: Adam Curtis
Pour Un Seul De Mes Deux Yeux, dir: Avi Mograbi
Les Artistes Du Theatre Brule, dir: Rithy Panh
Princess Raccoon, dir: Seijun Suzuki
Cindy (short), dir: Bertrand Bonello.