Cannes Film Festival 2008 official lineup revealed

MUMBAI: The official film lineup for the 2008 Cannes Film Festival has been announced.

Clint Eastwood’s Changeling, Steven Soderbergh’s double Che Guevara shot The Argentine and Guerrilla, Wim Wenders’ The Palermo Shooting, Atom Egoyan’s Adoration, and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut Synecdoche, New York will be among the 19 films competing for the Palme D’Or prize.

Films playing out of competition include Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, animated film Kung Fu Panda and Woody Allen’s latest, Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

The complete lineup is as follows:

IN COMPETITION

24 City, China, Jia Zhangke
Adoration, Canada, Atom Egoyan
The Argentine, Guerrilla Spain, Steven Soderbergh
Changeling, U.S., Clint Eastwood
Un Conte de noel, France, Arnaud Desplechin
Daydreams, Turkey, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Delta, Hungary, Kornel Mundruczo
Il Divo, Paolo Sorrentino, Italy
Gomorra, Italy, Matteo Garrone
La Frontiere de l’aube, France, Philippe Garrel
Leonera, Argentina, Pablo Trapero
Linha de Passe, Brazil, Walter Salles, Daniela Thomas
La mujer sin cabeza, Argentina, Lucrecia Martel
My Magic, Singapore, Eric Khoo
The Palermo Shooting, Germany, Wim Wenders
Serbis, Philippines, Brillante Mendoza
The Silence of Lorna, Belgium, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Synecdoche, New York, U.S., Charlie Kaufman
Waltz With Bashir, Israel, Ari Folman

OUT OF COMPETITION

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, U.S., Steven Spielberg
Kung Fu Panda, U.S., Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
The Good, the Bad, the Weird, South Korea, Kim Jee-woon
Vicky Cristina Barcelona, U.S., Spain, Woody Allen

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS

Maradona, Spain-France, Emir Kusturica
Surveillance, U.S., Jennifer Lynch
The Chaser, South Korea, Na Hong-jin

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

Ashes of Time Redux, Hong Kong, Wong Kar-wai
Of Time and the City, U.K., Terence Davies
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, U.S.-U.K., Marina Zenovich
Sangue Pazzo (Crazy Blood), Italy-France, Marco Tullio Giordana

SCREENING OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE JURY

The Third Wave, U.S., Alison Thompson

UN CERTAIN REGARD

A festa da menina morta, Brazil, Matheus Nachtergaele
Afterschool, Antonio Campos
De Ofrivilliga, Sweden, Ruben Ostlund
Je veux voir, France, Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
Johnny Mad Dog, France, Jean-Stephane Sauvaire
La vie moderne (profiles paysans), France, Raymond Depardon
Los Bastardos, Mexico, Amat Escalante
Milh handha al-bahr, (Salt of This Sea), Palestine, Annemarie Jacir
O’ Horten, Norway-Germany, Bent Hamer
Soi Cowboy, Thomas Clay
Tin Che, (Parking), Chung Mong-Hong
Tokyo!, France, Japan, Bong Joon-ho, Michel Gondry, Leos Carax
Tokyo Sonata, Japan, Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Tulpan, Germany, Sergey Dvortsevoy
Tyson, U.S., James Toback
Versailles, France, Pierre Schoeller
Wendy and Lucy, U.S., Kelly Reichardt
Wolke 9 (Cloud Nine), Germany, Andreas Dresen
Yi ban haishui, yi ban huoyan, Fendou Liu

Commenting on the Cannes line-up announced today, a UK Film Council spokesperson said, "It’s great news that Terence Davies’ Of Time And The City has been selected as part of the official line-up at the Cannes film festival. It was filmed in Liverpool – Europe’s capital of culture – and has been co-funded by the UK Film Council and NorthWest Vision and Media. Brighton born filmmaker Thomas Clay’s Soi Cowboy will also be shown in the Un Certain Regard section and Sam Taylor Wood’s short film Love You More written by Patrick Marber and produced by Anthony Minghella has been selected for the short film competition. The full Cannes selection has not yet been announced and the film industry is hopeful that the Director’s Fortnight and Critics Week will also have selected British films. People shouldn’t get too hung up on the fact that there are no British films in the main competition section – ultimately it comes down to what films are ready in time plus different trends and tastes each year for what is essentially an auteur film festival. Let’s not forget that only two years ago, British films took the top two prizes at Cannes and this year has already been a great success with the best year ever for British films at the Sundance film festival."

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