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Blindness Slated To Win 61st Cannes Film Festival

This year‘s Cannes Film Festival has 22 films competing for the acclaimed Palme d‘Or (Gold Palm) award. These include Blindness, Clint Eastwood‘s Changeling and Synecdoche New York. Other notable films are the latest Indiana Jones film - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which is screening out of the Palme d‘Or competition and Kung Fu Panda, an animated martial arts-loving bear saga.
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A promotional spectacular by voice-over artist, comic actor Jack Black for his Kung Fu Panda, opened the show, with a boatload of 40 people appearing in giant panda suits. Black performed martial arts movements at the Carlton Hotel pier One of the first revelations of the show was Black’s announcement of the “open secret” that co-star, Angelina Jolie, and her husband, Brad Pitt are due to have twins.

As an innovation, this year, the first film screened was the Dark Brazilian drama Blindness, about an epidemic that results in people losing their sight. Julianne Moore and the film’s director Fernando Meirelles promoted Blindness, saying that she wasn’t sure about the choice of Blindness as first screening. Moore declared that “Movies don’t predict, they reflect culture,” she added. “I think we’re reflecting what we’re feeling in our own culture.” She apparently likes parts in apocalyptic movies.

The jury for the Palme d’Or competition is being led by actor Sean Penn, who is apparently hoping for a civilised debate over the award.

Although there are no British entries this year, Hunger, a film by first-time British director Steve McQueen, about the last weeks in the life of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands will open Un Certain Regard, the festival’s secondary competition.

Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron, whose successes include Harry Potter and Y Tu Mama Tambien, declared “In my case, I’m rooting for the Mexican movie: A Festa Da Menina Morta (The Dead Girl’s Feast)”

Here is a full list of the entries:

Cannes 2008: The films
IN COMPETITION – PALME D’OR

Blindness (opening film)
Director: Fernando Mereilles
Stars: Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo
Country: Spain

Entre Les Murs (The Class)
Director: Lauren Cantet
Country: France

Uc Maymun (Three Monkeys)
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Stars: Yavuz Bingol, Ercan Kesal Country: Turkey

Le Silence De Lorna (Lorna’s Silence)
Directors: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Star: Arta Dobroshi
Country: UK / France

Un Conte De Noel (A Christmas Tale)
Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric
Country: France

Changeling
Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich
Country: US

Adoration
Director: Adam Egoyan
Stars: Scott Speedman, Rachel Blanchard
Country: Canada

Che
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Benicio Del Toro
Country: US / Spain

Waltz With Bashir
Director: Ari Folman
Country: Israel
La Frontiere De L’Aube (Frontier Of Dawn)
Director: Philippe Garrel
Stars: Louis Garrel, Clementine Poidatz
Country: France

Gomorra
Director: Matteo Garrone
Star: Toni Servillo
Country: Italy

Two Lovers
Director: James Gray
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow
Country: US

Er Shi Si Cheng Ji (24 City)
Director: Jia Zhangke
Star: Joan Chen, Tao Zhao
Country: China
Synedoche, New York
Director: Charlie Kaufman
Star: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Country: US

My Magic
Director: Eric Khoo
Stars: Bosco Francis, Jathishweran Naidu
Country: Singapore

La Mujer Sin Cabeza (The Headless Woman)
Director: Lucrecia Martel
Stars: Ines Efron, Maria Vaner
Country: Argentina

The Palermo Shooting
Director: Wim Wenders
Stars: Milla Jovovich, Dennis Hopper
Country: Germany

Serbis
Director: Brilliiante Mendoza
Star: Gina Pareno
Country: Philippines

Delta
Director: Kornel Mundruzco
Stars: Felix Lajko, Orsi Toth
Country: Germany / Hungary

Linha De Passe
Directors: Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas
Stars: Vinicius de Oliveira, Ana Carolina Dias, Jose Geraldo Rodrigues
Country: Brazil

Il Divo
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Stars: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto
Country: Italy

Leonera
Director: Pablo Trapero
Stars: Elli Medeiros, Martina Gusman
Country: Argentina / South Korea

UN CERTAIN REGARD
Hunger (opening film)
Director: Steve McQueen

Tokyo!

Directors: Michel Gondry, Leos Carfax, Bong Joon-Ho

Afterschool
Director: Antonio Campos

Ting Che (Parking)
Director: Chung Mong-Hong

Soi Cowboy
Director: Thomas Clay

La Vie Moderne (The Modern Life)
Director: Raymond Depardon

Wolke 9 (Cloud 9)
Director: Adnreas Dresen

Tulpan
Director: Sergey Dvortsevoy

Los Bastardos
Director: Amat Escalante

Je Veux Voir
Directors: Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige

O’Horten
Director: Bent Hamer

Milh Hadha Al-Bahr (Salt Of This Sea)
Director: Annemarie Jacir

Tokyo Sonata
Director: Kurosawa Kiyoshi

Ocean Flame
Director: Fen Dou Liu

A Festa Da Menina Morta (The Dead Girl’s Feast)
Director: Matheus Nachtergaele

De Ofrivilliga (Involontaires)
Director: Ruben Ostlund

Wendy and Lucy
Director: Kelly Reichardt

Johnny Mad Dog
Director: Jean-Stephane Sauvaire

Versailles
Director: Pierre Schoeller

Tyson
Director: James Toback

OFFICIAL SELECTION – OUT OF COMPETITION
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Director: Woody Allen

The Good, The Bad, The Weird
Director: Kim Ji-Woon

Kung Fu Panda
Directors: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Director: Steven Spielberg

OFFICIAL SELECTION – MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS
Director: Emir Kusturica

Maradona by Kusturica

Surveillance
Director: Jennifer Lynch

The Chaser
Director: Na Hong-Jin

OFFICIAL SELECTION – SPECIAL SCREENINGS
Of Time and the City
Director: Terence Davies

Chelsea on the Rocks
Director: Abel Ferrara
Sanguepazzo (Une Historie Italienne)
Director: Marco Tullio Giordana

C’est Dur D’Etre Aime Par Des Cons
Director: Daniel Leconte

Ashes of Time Redux
Director: Wong Kar Wai

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired Director: Marina Zenovich
THE JURY PRESIDENT’S SCREENING
The Third Wave
Director: Alison Thompson

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Entertainment News

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