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The 2007 Cannes Line-up.

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Opening night.
Look at it, love it and despair!

In Competition

"My Blueberry Nights," directed by Wong Kar-Wai (Opening night film)

"Auf Der Anderen Siete," directed by Fatih Akin

"Un Vielle Maitresse," directed by Catherine Breillat

"No Country For Old Men," directed by Joel & Ethan Coen

"Zodiac," directed by David Fincher

"We Own The Night," directed by James Gray

"Les Chansons D’Amour," directed by Christophe Honoré

"Mogari No Mori," directed by Naomi Kawase

"Breath," directed by Kim Ki Duk

"Promise Me This," directed by Emir Kusturica

"Secret Sunshine," directed by Lee Chang-dong

"4 Luni, 3 Saptamini Si 2 Zile," directed by Cristian Mungiu

"Tehilim," directed by Raphael Nadjari

"Stellet Licht," directed by Carlos Reygadas

"Persepolis," directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud

"Le Scaphandre et le Papillon," directed by Julian Schnabel

"Import Export," directed by Ulrich Seidl

"Alexandra," directed by Alexandre Sokourov

"Death Proof," directed by Quentin Tarantino

"The Man From London," directed by Béla Tarr

"Paranoid Park," directed by Gus Van Sant

"Izgnanie" (The Banishment), directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

Out of Competition

"The Age of Darkness," directed by Denys Arcand (Closing night film)

"Sicko," directed by Michael Moore

"Ocean’s Thirteen," directed by Steven Soderbergh

"A Mighty Heart," directed by Michael Winterbottom

More, including the Un Certain Regard lineup (which contains Harmony Korine‘s "Mister Lonely") here at indieWIRE.

If we may pause for some obligatory whining — no Hou Hsiao-Hsien? No Todd Haynes? No Paul Thomas Anderson? We’re most surprised about the absence of Hou’s "The Red Balloon," which last we saw was set for a May release in France and so must, one would think, be finished. Four out of Hou’s last five films premiered at Cannes. Sometimes, we need to learn to read more carefully and not be in such a hurry — it’s in Un Certain Regard. Not quite like being in competition, but not so shabby.

Among the most exciting titles that are in competition are Akin’s narrative follow-up to his smashing 2004 bruise-eyed romance "Head-On"; the Coen brothers’ Cormac McCarthy adaptation; the latest provocation from Breillat (this one features Asia Argento, which seems an appropriate pairing); the new Reygadas; the new Sokourov; the new Tarr (starring Tilda Swinton!); and who isn’t curious about what Tarantino’s done to flesh out "Death Proof"? And of course there’s "My Blueberry Nights" — what will Wong Kar Wai’s America look like? 

We won’t be going to Cannes this year, but the Cannes Cam will be returning on IFC.com, so it’ll be just like being there. Sans actual filmgoing.

+ CANNES ’07 | Wong Kar-Wai To Open 60th Festival de Cannes; Competition Roster Includes Breillat, Coens, Fincher, Kim, Kusturica, Reygadas, Schnabel, Tarantino, Van Sant and More (indieWIRE)

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…