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open forum | countdown to cannes!

“I think I’m excited as I’ve ever been about the Cannes lineup,” blogged Anthony Kaufman (who will be writing about the films in Cannes for indieWIRE this year), while‘s Andrew O’Hehir offered, “The 2008 Cannes competition will be light in American-made films and rich with big names in international art cinema, largely directors who remain unknown in the U.S. beyond a modest coterie of admirers.”

Unveiled this morning, the lineup for the 61st Festival de Cannes is exciting for its diversity. There seems to be something for everyone. But, where’s Fernando Meirelles‘ “Blindness“? Is it Venice and Toronto bound? Or will it open the fest? And, what about the rumors that “Sex and the City” will be a late addition. I sure hope not.

What do you think of the lineup? And what are the surprise inclusions and omissions?

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