Wednesday, April 30, 2008

festival de cannes 2008

the line-up for this year's cannes film festival was announced at a press conference last week, along with the prestigious members of the jury. the feature film jury will be presided by sean penn who will be accompanied by natalie portman, marjane satrapi (of persepolis fame), and mexican director alfonso cuaron, to name a few. the cinefondation and short film jury will be presided by taiwanese director hou hsiao hsien, who will be accompanied by beloved french director olivier assayas and marina hands (actress in my favorite film of 2007), alongside others.

opening the festival is fernando meirelles's blindness starring julianne moore and mark ruffalo. see the trailer:

other films premiering the competition include clint eastwood's changeling, the dardenne brothers's le silence de lorna, atom egoyan's adoration, charlie kaufman's much anticipated synecdoche, new york featuring an all-star cast led by philip seymour hoffman, james gray's two lovers featuring joaquin phoenix, gwyneth paltrow, and isabella rossellini, steven soderbergh's che, and the latest film from my beloved wim wenders, palermo shooting.

barry levinson's what just happened? starring robert de niro, bruce willis, and john turturro will close the festival. a few other films, like this summer's blockbuster indiana jones and the kingdom of the crystal skull and woody allen's vicky cristina barcelona, starring javier bardem, penelope cruz, and scarlett johansson, will screen at the festival out of competition.

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