At long last! Premiering out of competition will be, as expected, “Indiana Jones And The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull,” as well as Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and everyone’s favorite “Kung Fu Panda.” The closing night film may still be the already announced “What Just Happened?” from Barry Levinson or maybe not and the opening night film has yet to be announced.
Some of the goodies down below Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut “Synecdoche, New York,” the one American film many had called ahead of time; Clint Eastwood’s Changeling”; Steven Soderbergh’s “Che,” which, given talk that the director wanted either both “Guerrilla” and “The Argentine” at the festival or neither, is presumably both; and new films from the Dardennes, Desplechin and Wenders. “Waltz with Bashir” is animated, “Gomorra” is a contemporary mob dram and “Serbis” is the first Philippine film in competition in 25 years.
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey
LE SILENCE DE LORNA
Director: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium
UN CONTE DE NOEL
Director: Arnaud Desplechin, France
Director: Clint Eastwood, U.S.
Director: Atom Egoyan, Canada
WALTZ WITH BASHIR
Director: Ari Folman, Israel
LA FRONTIERE DE L’AUBE
Director: Philippe Garrel, France
Director: Matteo Garrone, Italy
Director: Jia Zhangke, China
SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK
Director: Charlie Kaufman, U.S.
Director: Eric Khoo, Singapore
LA MUJER SIN CABEZA
Director: Lucrecia Martel, Argentina
Director: Brillante Mendoza, Philippines
Director: Kornel Mundruczo, Hungary
LINHA DE PASSE
Director: Walter Salles, Daniela Thomas, Brazil
Director: Steven Soderbergh, U.S.
Director: Paolo Sorrentino, Italy
Director: Pablo Trapero, Argentina
THE PALERMO SHOOTING
Director: Wim Wenders, Germany
[Photo: “Changeling,” Universal Pictures, 2008]
+ Cannes unveils Competition lineup (Hollywood Reporter)