While a big budget Hollywood production will open the 63rd Cannes Film Festival next month, cinema's most important annual event will debut an array of new films by acclaimed auteurs from around the world. Filmmakers ranging from Jean Luc Godard, Woody Allen and Oliver Stone to Takeshi Kitano, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Gregg Araki will premiere anticipated movies at the annual festival along the French Mediterranean coast.
The lineup for the 2010 event was unveiled in Paris by festival chief Thierry Fremaux. (Note: This article has been updated with additional titles added to the roster)
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Stephen Frears, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Manouel de Oliveira are also on the lineup for the 63rd Festival de Cannes, running May 12th – 23rd in the popular beachside Cote d'Azur convention town in the South of France.
Not on the roster this year is Terrence Malick, at least not yet. The filmmaker's "The Tree of Life" was tipped as a likely contender this year, but Fremaux said this morning that the film is not on his lineup. He left the door open for the Malick film, or others to be added later, saying that the roster was unveiled a week earlier this year. As many as six more titles are expected to be added to the Cannes Official Selection. Twenty films screened in competition last year, making it likely that four more will be added to that section as the fest approaches. The closing night film has also yet to be unveiled.
Ridley Scott's "Robin Hood" will kick-off the 2010 Festival de Cannes on March 12th, as was previously announced. Beyond that, press gathered at a Paris hotel today to hear festival chief Thierry Fremaux unveil the fest roster this morning.
As previously announced, "Alice in Wonderland" director Tim Burton will serve as President of the Festival de Cannes' Feature Film Jury. Joining him to decide this year's Cannes film awards, including the coveted Palme d'Or are British actress Kate Beckinsale ("Everybody's Fine"), Italian actress Giovanna Mezzogiorno ("Vincere"), Director of the National Museum of Cinema/Italy Alberto Barbera, French writer/director Emmanuel Carrere ("La moustache"), Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro ("Che"), Spanish director Victor Erice ("La morte rouge") and Indian actor/director/producer Shekhar Kapur ("Elizabeth: The Golden Age").
Canadian director Atom Egoyan ("Chloe") will serve in the Festival de Cannes' Cinefondation and Short Film Jury as President this May. Joining him are French actress Emmanuelle Devos ("Coco Before Chanel"), Russian actress Dinara Droukarova ("Silent Voice"), Brazilian director Carlos Diegues ("The Greatest Love of All") and Spanish director Marc Recha ("Little Indi").
It was also announced that French director Claire Denis ("White Material") will be President of the festival's Un Certain Regard jury.
directed by Mathieu Amalric
"Des Hommes et des Dieux"
directed by Xavier Beauvois
directed by Alejandro Gonzales Innaritu
"Hors la loi"
directed by Rachid Bouchareb
"Un Homme Qui Crie" (A Screaming Man)
directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
directed by Im Sangsoo
"Copie Conforme" (The Certified Copy)
directed by Abbas Kiarostami
directed by Takeshi Kitano
directed by Lee Chang-dong
directed by Mike Leigh
directed by Doug Liman
"You, My Joy"
directed by Sergei Loznitsa
"La Nostra Vita"
directed by Daniele Luchetti
"Utomlyonnye Solntsem 2"
directed by Nikita Mikhalkov
"La Princesse de Montpensier""
directed by Bertrand Tavernier
"Loong Boonmee Raleuk Chaat" (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives)
directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
“Tender Son: The Frankenstein Project”
directed by Kornél Mondruczó
directed by Wang Xiaoshuai
OUT OF COMPETITION:
"Carlos," directed by Olivier Assayas
"Robin Hood," directed by Ridley Scott (opening film)
"You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger," directed by Woody Allen
"Tamara Drewe," directed by Stephen Frears
"Wall Street – Money Never Sleeps," directed by Oliver Stone
"The Tree," directed by Julie Bertucelli
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"Kaboom," directed by Gregg Araki
"L'Autre Monde" (Blackhole), directed by Gilles Marchand
– "5XFAVELA," directed by Carlos Diegues (with short films by Manaira Carneiro, Wagner Novais, Rodrigo Felha, Cacau Amaral, Luciano Vigidal, Cadu Barcelos, Luciana Bezerra
"Inside Job," directed by Charles Ferguson
"Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow," directed by Sophie Fiennes
"Nostalgia de la Luz" (Nostalgia for the Light), directed by Patricio Guzman
"Draquila – L'Italia Che Trema," directed by Sabina Guzzanti
"Chantrapas," directed by Otar Iosseliani
"Abel," directed by Diego Luna
UN CERTAIN REGARD:
"Blue Valentine," directed by Derek Cianfrance
"O Estranho Caso de Angelica," (Anjelica), directed by Manouel de Oliveira
"Les Amours Imaginaires" (Heartbeats), directed by Xavier Dolan
"Los Labios," directed by Ivan Fund and Santiago Loza
"Simon Werner a Disparu…" directed by Fabrice Gobert
"Film Socialisme," directed by Jean-Luc Godard
"Unter Dir Die Stadt" (The City Below), directed by Christoph Hochhausler
"Rebecca H. (Return to the Dogs)," directed by Lodge Kerrigan
"Pal Adrienn," (Adrienn Pal), directed by Agnes Kocsis
"Udaan," directed by Vikramaditya Motwane
"Marti Dupa Craciun" (Tuesday, After Christmas), directed by Radu Muntean
"Chatroom," directed by Hideo Nakata
"Aurora," directed by Cristi Puiu
"Ha Ha Ha," directed by Hong Sangsoo
"Life, Above All," directed by Oliver Schmitz
"Octubre," directed by Daniel Vega
"R U There," directed by David Verbeek
"I Wish I Knew," directed by Jia Zhang Ke
"Carancho," directed by Pablo Trapero
UPDATES (All times are Eastern Daylight Time):
6:01 AM – More confirmations: New films from Mathieu Almaric, Takeshi Kitano, Lee Chang Dong, Doug Liman, Betrand Tavernier. All in competition.
5:46 AM – As the festival continues, a number of filmmakers confirmed to debut their new films in Cannes. Our reporter Pam Grant just called from Paris with news: Jean Luc-Godard, Alejandro Gonzalez-Innaritu, Abbas Kiarostami.
5:38 AM.- Yesterday, indieWIRE reported a list of 15 films expected to screen at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival.
5:33 AM – A big question this year is whether Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" would debut in Cannes. An industry insider who is not connected with the film told indieWIRE last night that it is not finished and won't screen at the festival. We may know for sure this morning as we await the announcement of the Official Selection.
5:29 AM – Gael Garcia Bernal will head the jury for the Camera d'Or, honoring the best first features, according to reports.
5:16 AM – The press conference at the Paris-Le Grand hotel is about to begin. indieWIRE's reporter Pamela Grant said moments ago that one film is already confirmed for the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Woody Allen's latest, "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger," will screen Out of Competition. The film, starring Naomi Watts, Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Brolin and Freida Pinto, was tipped as an entry in French language media.
[Pamela Grant in Paris contributed to this story.]