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."