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Cannes Kicks Off With Wong Kar-Wai?

by Anthony Kaufman
March 30, 2007 5:41 AM
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The Cannes Film Festival's official lineup is taking shape, according to Fabien Lemercier at Cineuropa, who if correct, will have scooped the major trades in announcing Wong Kar-wai’s "My Blueberry Nights" will open the festival, while David Fincher's "Zodiac" will close. Steven Soderbergh's "Ocean's Thirteen" is already confirmed for an out of competition slot, while Cineuropa reports Francis Ford Coppola’s "Youth Without Youth" is also playing out of the main competition.

Other potential contenders include Denys Arcand’s "Age of Innocence," Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There," the Coen brothers' "No Country for Old Men," Hou Hsiao-hsien's "Red Balloon," Gus Van Sant's "Paranoid Park," and Emir Kusturica's "Promise Me This."

Cineuropa also projects entrants such as Takeshi Kitano's "Kantoku Banzai," Im Kwon-taek's "Beyond the Years," and Carlos Reygadas's "Silent Light."

Others rumored to take part include Roy Andersson's "You, the Living," Fatih Akin's "Auf der anderen Seite des Lebens," Alexandre Sokourov's "Alexander," and Bela Tarr's "The Man From London."

And in an email tipping me off to the story, Two Point One Film's Noah Harlan says they expect to be one of the only New York indie companies with a film in the Official Selection: French-born writer-director Raphael Nadjari’s "Tehilim." Other possibilities include Marjane Satrapi’s animated film "Persepolis," Marc Caro’s "Dante 01" and Catherine Breillat’s "Une vieille maîtresse." There's more at the link.

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