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Cannes Finalizes Lineup; Xiaoshuaï, Mundruczó Join Competition

Cannes Finalizes Lineup; Xiaoshuaï, Mundruczó Join Competition

The Cannes Film Festival has announced the remaining films set for the Croisette this year, including two additional titles for competition. Taking the Competition to a total of 18 titles, Hungarian director Kornél Mondruczó’s “Tender Son: The Frankenstein Project” and Wang Xiaoshuai’s “Chongqing Blues” have both been added. They join sixteen films announced next week. Any speculation that Terrance Malick’s “The Tree of Life” might somehow make its way to the festival can now officially be ceased.

Other announcements included two films screening in the Un Certain Regard section: Chinese director Jia Zhang Ke’s “I Wish I Knew,” and Argentinian director Pablo Trapero, “Carancho.” Both director’s competed in the festival’s main competition two years ago with “24 City” and “Lion’s Den,” respectively.

A few films were added as special screenings and out of competition titles as well. Romanian Andrei Ujică’s “The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu” will screen out of competition, joining Olivier Assayas’ “Carlos,” which was announced a few days back. American Lucy Walker’s Sundance alum “Countdown To Zero” will play as a special screening, as will “5XFavela,” compiled by Carlos Diegues and made up of five short films by Brazilian film directors Manaira Carneiro, Wagner Novais, Rodrigo Felha, Cacau Amaral, Luciano Vidigal, Cadu Barcelos, Luciana Bezerra.

Finally, one last addition was made to the main jury, with composer Alexandre Desplat, who joined the Tim Burton-led group that already included Kate Beckinsale, Alberto Barbera, Emmanuel Carrere, Benicio Del Toro, Victor Erice, Shekhar Kapur and Giovanna Mezzogiorno.

The 63rd Cannes Film Festival runs May 12-23, 2010.

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