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Cannes Film Festival Highlights: Heath Ledger’s Last Film To Screen at the World’s Oldest Film Fest

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Heath Ledger died before completing the film and was replaced by Jude Law, Colin Farrell and Johnny Depp who shared his role of a circus performer.

Quentin Tarantino and Ang Lee will present their latest films, bouyed by top name onscreen talents. Brad Pitt leads an the star cast in Tarantino’s WWII drama Inglorious Basterds, while Liev Schreiber and Emile Hirsch will star in the period piece Taking Woodstock for Lee.

European directors dominate this year’s lineup, featuring a return to filmaking for Lars von Trier as he presents Antichrist. Also of note are Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon, Isabel Coixet’s Map of the Sounds of Tokyo and Italian Marco Bellocchio’s Vincere.

Sam Raimi is one of the few US filmmakers presenting, with Drag Me To Hell. It was previously announced that Disney’s 3-D adventure Up will open the festival on May 13th, the first time an animated film has had that honour. The festival closes May 24 with Jan Kounen’s Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky.

Cannes is the world’s best known film festival, and has launced the films, careers and reputations of countless stars, directors and producers.

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

OPENER

Up, U.S., Pete Docter, Bob Peterson

CLOSER

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, France, Jan Kounen

IN COMPETITION

Bright Star, Australia-U.K.-France, Jane Campion

Spring Fever, China-France, Lou Ye

Antichrist, Denmark-Sweden-France-Italy, Lars von Trier

Enter the Void, France, Gaspar Noe

Face, France-Taiwan-Netherlands-Belgium, Tsai Ming-liang

Les Herbes folles, France-Italy, Alain Resnais

In the Beginning, France, Xavier Giannoli

A Prophet, France, Jacques Audiard

The White Ribbon, Germany-Austria-France, Michael Haneke

Vengeance, Hong Kong-France-U.S., Johnnie To

The Time That Remains, Israel-France-Belgium-Italy, Elia Suleiman

Vincere, Italy-France, Marco Bellocchio

Kinatay, Philippines, Brillante Mendoza

Thirst, South Korea-U.S., Park Chan-wook

Broken Embraces, Spain, Pedro Almodovar

Map of the Sounds of Tokyo, Spain, Isabel Coixet

Fish Tank, U.K.-Netherlands, Andrea Arnold

Looking for Eric, U.K.-France-Belgium-Italy, Ken Loach

Inglourious Basterds, U.S., Quentin Tarantino

Taking Woodstock, U.S., Ang Lee

OUT OF COMPETITION

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Canada-France, Terry Gilliam

The Army of Crime, France, Robert Guediguian

Agora, Spain, Alejandro Amenabar

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS

A Town Called Panic, Belgium, Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar

Ne te retourne pas France-Belgium-Luxembourg-Italy, Marina de Van

Drag Me to Hell, U.S., Sam Raimi

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

Petition,China, Zhao Liang

L’epine dans le coeur, France, Michel Gondry

Min ye, France-Mali, Souleyumane Cisse

Jaffa, Israel-France-Germany, Keren Yedaya

Manila, Philippines, Adolfo Alix Jr., Raya Martin

My Neighbor, My Killer, U.S., Anne Aghion

UN CERTAIN REGARD

Samson & Delilah, Australia, Warwick Thornton

Adrift, Brazil, Heitor Dhalia

The Wind Journeys, Colombia, Ciro Guerra

Demain des l’aube, France, Denis Dercourt

Irene, France, Alain Cavalier

Independance, Philippines-France-Germany, Raya Martin

Le Pere de mes enfants, France-Germany, Mia Hansen-Love

Dogtooth, Greece, Yorgos Lanthimos

Nobody Knows About the Persian Cats, Iran, Bahman Ghobadi

Eyes Wide Open, Israel, Haim Tabakman

Mother, South Korea, Bong Joon-ho

The Silent Army, Netherlands, Jean van de Velde

To Die Like a Man, Portugal, Joao Pedro Rodrigues

Police, Adjective, Romania, Corneliu Porumboiu

Tales from the Golden Age, Romania, Hanno Hofer, Razvan Marculescu, Cristian Mungiu, Constantin Popescu, Ioana Uricaru

Tale in the Darkness, Russia, Nikolay Khomeriki

Tzar,Russia-France, Pavel Lounguine

Nymph, Thailand, Pen-ek Ratanaruang

Precious, U.S., Lee Daniels

FEATURE FILM JURY

Isabelle Huppert (president), actress, France

Asia Argento, actress, director, screenwriter, Italy

Nuri Bilge Ceylan, director, screenwriter, actor, Turkey

Lee Chang-dong, director, author, screenwriter, South Korea

James Gray, director, screenwriter, U.S.

Hanif Kureishi, author, screenwriter, U.K.

Shu Qi, actress, Taiwan

Robin Wright Penn, actress, U.S.

LA CINEFONDATION AND SHORT FILM JURY

John Boorman (president), director, author, producer, U.K.

Bertrand Bonello, director, France

Ferid Boughedir, director, Tunisia

Leonor Silveira, actress, Portugal

Zhang Ziyi, actress, China

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