I brought you news yesterday that Martin Scorsese will be teaching a Masterclass, presenting an award, and unveiling a new film preservation foundation at the upcoming Cannes festival. Today brings more confirmation that this is going to be a pretty amazing year for Cannes, which kicks off on May 16th. Guest of honor Scorsese will also be putting his Rolling Stones documentary up for sale, and more rocking will be heard at the screening of Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington's 3D U2 documentary U2 3D. New Line will be premiering scenes from the highly anticipated The Golden Compass with Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman. James Gray's We Own the Night with Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix, (who also co-starred in Gray's last film - The Yards), will premiere. And there will also be a screening of No Country for Old Men, which is written and directed by the Coen Brothers and therefore moves it to the tippity-top of my "must-see" list.
Ocean's Thirteen and Tarantino's Death Proof had already been announced for the fest, and Robert Rodriguez may do a special midnight screening of Planet Terror. The rest of the lineup is still unconfirmed, as the Cannes team still has many films to watch, but insiders are reporting that strong contenders include: Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park, Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream starring Ewan McGregor and Colin Farell, Todd Haynes' Bob Dylan project I'm Not There, Michael Winterbottom's Angelina Jolie film A Mighty Heart, City Of Men - a sequel to the mindblowingly excellent City of God from a different director - Paulo Morelli, Harmony Korine's Mister Lonely (with a cast that includes Werner Herzog and David Blaine!), Michael Moore's health care documentary Sicko - which Moore is racing to finish in time, and Julian Schnabel's Diving Bell and Butterfly. It is rumored that David Fincher's very cool Zodiac will be the closing-night film. Of course Cannes can't only be about American films and there are a lot of exciting foreign contenders as well, including the new movie from celebrated Chinese director Wong Kar-Wai: My Blueberry Nights, which has a phenomenal cast. So, ah -- anybody got an extra Cannes ticket? Maybe I'll try Craigslist.