Lineups Announced for 51st Cannes Festival; Competition Filled with Notable International Filmmakers

By Eugene Hernandez

At a press conference in France yesterday afternoon, organizers of the 51st Cannes Film Festival announced a host of lineups for next month's event. According to organizers, the festival received over 1,100 entries from 69 countries, with over 400 entries arriving for the CineFoundation section showcasing short and medium-length films from film schools.

In competition at Cannes this year are a number of established international filmakers, including Pedro Alomodovar, Chen Kaige, Atom Egoyan, Peter Greenaway, Jim Jarmusch, Takeshi Kitano, David Lynch, Moshen Makhmalbaf, Manoel de Oliveira, Arturo Ripstein, John Sayles, Alexandre Sokourov, Michael Winterbottom, and Raoul Ruiz. While the non-competition section includes Kevin Smith, Steven Soderbergh, and Werner Herzog.

In press materials, organizers note a greater influx of work from Asia, with 3 in competition, 7 in Un Certain Regard, 3 shorts, and 3 in the Cinefoundation section. Also noted, is that this is the first time in 25 years that Israel has a film in competition (Amos Gitai's "Kadosh).

Through yesterday, the Festival has now announced the Competiton, Non-Competition, Un Certain Regard, CineFoundation, Retrospective, Critics Week and Short Film, with the Director's Fortnight lineup announcement expected soon.

The lineups are available here at

>> CANNES '99: Competition Film Lineup


>> CANNES '99: Out of Competition Films Lineup


>> CANNES '99: Un Certain Regard Lineup


>> CANNES '99 Retrospective: Films of Love


>> CANNES '99: Cinefondation Lineup


>> CANNES '99: Short Film Lineup


>> CANNES '99: Critics Week Lineup


>> CANNES '99: Director's Fortnight Lineup


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