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Will the next Cannes Standout be a Short?

ReelPolitik By Anthony Kaufman | ReelPolitik February 8, 2007 at 1:53AM

Will the next Cannes Standout be a Short?
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If Guy Maddin's "The Heart of the World," the inspired six-minute early-cinema ode he crafted for the 2000 Toronto Film Festival, was the highlight of that year's fest, the 60th Cannes Film Festival may very well be remembered for a similar undertaking. While we're still months away from an official lineup, Variety reports today that roughly 30 short films, created by some of the world's leading auteurs and past Palme D'or winners, will premiere at the festival.

Gus Van Sant, Wong Kar Wai, Theo Angelopoulos. Ken Loach, Michael Cimino, Wim Wenders, Lars von Trier, Amos Gitai, Abbas Kiarostami, Manoel de Oliveira, Chen Kaige, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Tsai Ming-liang were all mentioned as contributors. Other likely suspects could include Emir Kusturica, David Lynch, Quentin Tarantino, the Coen brothers, Nanni Moretti and the Dardenne brothers.

The feature-length omnibus will screen at a gala on May 20. "We don't want the festivities to overshadow Cannes' main business of showcasing films," a spokesman for the festival told Variety. "The idea is to put cinema itself at the center of our celebrations."

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