Cannes Announces 20-Film Lineup

Friday, Apr 24, 2009

Quentin Tarantino’s wartime thriller starring Brad Pitt will be the only U.S. film in competition this year at the Cannes Film Festival.

Organizers on Wednesday released a list of the 20 films to be shown in competition at the 11-day festival that opens May 13.

In addition to Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds,” the competition for the prestigious Palme d’Or includes a look at the Woodstock era by Oscar-winning Taiwanese director Ang Lee, the latest Penelope Cruz-Pedro Almodovar vehicle and a romance about poet John Keats by New Zealander Jane Campion, the first women to ever win the Palme d’Or.

Among the movies to be shown out of competition is “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” the movie Heath Ledger was working on when he died in January of 2008. Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell all stepped in to help and may well be among the A-listers at this year’s festival.

The festival’s opening-night film will be “Up,” a 3-D animated feature from hitmaking studio Pixar. The film is a comedy adventure about a 78-year-old man, voiced by Ed Asner, who rigs helium balloons to his house and flies to South America.

The movies to be shown in competition are:

* “Los Abrazos Rotos” (Broken Embraces) by Spain’s Pedro Almodovar

* “Fish Tank” by Andrea Arnold, Britain
* “Un Prophete” by Jacques Audiard, France
* “Vincere” by Marco Bellocchio, Italy
* “Bright Star” by Jane Campion, New Zealand
* “Map of the Sounds of Tokyo” by Isabel Coixet, Spain
* “A l’origine” (In the Beginning) by Xavier Giannoli, France
* “Das Weisse Band” by Michael Haneke, Austria
* “Taking Woodstock” by Ang Lee, Taiwan-born
* “Looking for Eric” by Ken Loach, Britain
* “Chun Feng Chen Zui De Ye Wan” (Spring Fever) by Lou Ye, China
* “Kinatay” by Brillante Mendoza, Philippines
* “Enter the Void: by Gaspar Noe, France
* “Bak-Jwi” (Thirst) by Park Chan-wook, South Korea
* “Les herbes folles” by Alain Resnais, France
* “The Time That Remains” by Elia Suleiman, Israel
* “Inglourious Basterds” by Quentin Tarantino, U.S.
* “Vengeance” by Johnnie To, China
* “Visage” (Face) by Tsai Ming-liang, Malaysia
* “Antichrist” by Lars von Trier, Denmark
Source: CBS News