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Cannes Announces 2011 Lineup

Cannes Announces 2011 Lineup (photo)

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No surprise here. Terrence Malick’s bringing the baby feet to the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where “The Tree of Life” will play in competition, alongside new films by Pedro Almodovar, Takashi Miike, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, and Lars von Trier. I’m not going to Cannes (unless you want to send me, independently wealthy, art film loving reader, in which case, speak up!) but I’d want to see all of those, plus the new film from “Ratcatcher” director Lynne Ramsay and “Drive” by “Bronson”‘s Nicolas Winding Refn, which is described on IMDb as the story of “a Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman [and] discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.” The badass cast of that one includes Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, and Ron Perlman.

At Cannes, you can always count on a crazy juxtaposition of the competition’s high-end, high art fare and the glitzy mainstream low art playing out of competition and in the market. This year two star-studded sequels premiere on the steps of the Palais: Rob Marshall’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and “Kung Fu Panda 2.” The previous “Kung Fu Panda” screened out of competition at Cannes as well, quite successfully, I might add. You know the French and their love of pandas. Actually one of the most surreal days I ever spent at Cannes involved standing for hours on a broiling hot boardwalk, waiting for Jack Black to arrive and pose for pictures with every international star playing the Kung Fu Panda in their country’s dubbed version of the movie and a whole bunch of guys in giant Kung Fu Panda costumes. They played Black’s version of “Kung Fu Fighting” the entire time. For days I couldn’t get that song out of my head. On stormy nights, I can still hear it on the distant, howling wind.

Here’s the lineup as announced so far, including the Un Certain Regard sidebar, headlined by the Gus Van Sant’s “Restless.” And, as previously announced, the whole sheebang kicks off with Woody Allen’s new film “Midnight in Paris” on May 11.

“La Piel Que Habito,” directed by Pedro Almodovar
“L’Apollonide,” directed by Bertrand Bonello
“Parter,” directed by Alain Cavalier
“Footnote,” directed by Joseph Cedar
“Once Upon A Time in Anatolia,” directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
“The Kid With The Bike,” directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
“Le Havre,” directed by Aki Kaurismäki
“Hanezu No Tsuki,” directed by Naomi Kawase
“Sleeping Beauty,” directed by Julia Leigh
“Polisse,” directed by Maiwenn
“The Tree of Life,” directed by Terrence Malick
“La source des femmes,” directed by Radu Mihaileanu
“Ichimei” (Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai), directed by Takashi Miike
“We Have a Pope,” directed by Nanni Moretti
“We Need To Talk About Kevin,” directed by Lynne Ramsay
“This Must Be The Place,” directed by Paolo Sorrentino
“Michael,” directed by Markus Schleinzer
“Melancholia,” directed by Lars Von Trier
“Drive,” directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

Out of Competition:
“The Beaver,” directed by Jodie Foster
“La conquête,” directed by Xavier Durringer
“The Artist,” directed by Michel Hazanavicius
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directed by Rob Marshall
“Kung Fu Panda 2,” directed by Jennifer Yuh

Midnight Screenings:
“Wu Xia,” directed by Chan Peter Ho-Sun
“Dias de Gracia,” directed by Everado Gout

Special Screenings:
“Labrador,” directed by Frederikke Aspöck
“Le maître des forges de l’enfer,” directed by Rithy Panh
“Michel Petrucciani,” directed by Michael Radford
“Tous au Larzac,” directed by Christian Rouaud

Un Certain Regard:
“The Hunter,” Bakur Bakuradze
“Halt auf freier Strecke,” directed Andreas Dresen
“Hors Satan,” directed by Bruno Dumont
“Martha Marcy May Marlene,” directed by Sean Durkin
“Les neiges du Kilimandjaro,” directed by Robert Guédiguian
“Skoonheid,” directed by Oliver Hermanus
“The Day He Arrives,” directed by Hong Sang-Soo
“Bonsaï,” directed by Christian Jimenez
“Tatsumi,” directed by Eric Khoo
“Arirang,” directed by Kim Ki-Duk
“Et maintenant, on va où?,” directed by Nadine Labaki
“Loverboy,” directed by Catalin Mitulescu
“Yellow Sea,” directed by Na Hong-jin
“Miss Bala,” directed by Gerardo Naranjo
“Trabalhar Cansa,” directed by Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra
“L’Exercice de L’Etat,” directed by Pierre Schoeller
“Restless,” directed by Gus Van Sant
“Toomelah,” directed by Ivan Sen
“Oslo,” August 31st,” directed by Joachim Trier

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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

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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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