After a lot of guessing and hoping (some of which turned out to be correct, and some of which did not), the line-up of films for the 60th Annual Cannes Film Festival has been released. Leading off the fest? Wong Kar-Wai's My Blueberry Nights, starring Norah Jones as a young woman looking for love, will play opening night; closing the fest will be David Fincher's Zodiac. Other highlights in competition include Joel and Ethan Coen's No Country for Old Men, which recently had its international and domestic distribution duties split up and is aiming for an Oscar-friendly fall release. Emir Kustirica's Promise Me This will play at Cannes, and, intriguingly, so will Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof in a stand-alone one hour and fifty minute-long version, with no Robert Rodriguez zombie movie to gum up the works.
Films playing outside of competition - where the Festival tends to load up on paparazzi-bait to stroll the red carpet -- include Ocean's Thirteen and Michael Moore's Sicko, which is sure to bring the media in droves. Also named today is the Cannes Un Certain Regard slate -- which includes films from Harmony Korine, Barbet Schroeder and Lola Doillon. Special midnight screenings will include a new film from New Wave-era bad boy director Abel Ferrara and U2 3D. And this is just the top-level overview; for the full slate, you can go right to the source at the Festival's web site.
The Cannes Film Festival begins on May 16th, 2007; keep it here at Cinematical for all the news and reviews you'll want from one of the premier film festivals in the world.
*Notice of change. I, Ryan, originally added in some stuff about Cannes not letting me in the festival this year, but the writer, James, doesnt want that in his post, so I've changed it back to the way he originally had it.