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by Peter Knegt
April 12, 2013 10:51 AM
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Cannes To Close 2013 Festival With Forest Whitaker-Orlando Bloom Thriller 'Zulu'


A week ahead of the announcement of its official competition, the Cannes Film Festival has announced the closing night film of its 66th edition. Jérôme Salle’s "Zulu," which stars Forest Whitaker, Orlando Bloom and Tanya van Graan, has been set to finish off the festival on May 26th. Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" had already been announced as the opening night selection.

"Zulu" is a South Africa set crime drama based on French author Caryl Férey’s novel. Whitaker and Bloom play two South African police officers on opposite sides of the apartheid divide who end up working together. It marks Salle's first film in English.

The film is a co-production between the UK, France and South Africa by Pathé, M6 Films, and Lobster Film.

The 66th Cannes Film Festival runs May 15-26. Its full lineup will be announced next Thursday.