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Cannes Adds 30 Films, Makes Sophia Loren Guest of Honor

Cannes Classics section will include revival screenings of Alfred Hitchcock and Sergio Leone movies, plus Roger Ebert documentary ”Life Itself“


The Cannes Film Festival has added more than 30 films to its lineup, including a new feature by French director André Téchiné, revival screenings of “Paris, Texas,” “8 ½” and “Lost Horizon” and documentaries about Roger Ebert and Cannon Films.

Six of the films announced on Wednesday have been added to the Cannes official selection, though only Kornél Mundruczó’s “White Dog” (“Feher Isten”) will screen in competition, as part of the Un Certain Regard section. The others, including Téchiné’s “L’homme qu’on aimait trop,” Tony Gatlif’s “Geromino” and Pablo Fendrik’s “El Ardor” (starring Cannes jury member Gael Garcia Bernal) will be presented as special screenings or out-of-competition entries.

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The bulk of the additional films will make up the Cannes Classics section, which consists of restored versions of films from more than 80 years of cinema.

The selection includes work from Alfred Hitchcock (“Jamaica Inn”), Sergio Leone (“A Fistful of Dollars”), Roberto Rossellini  (“Angst”), Krzysztof Kieslowski (“Blind Chance”), Francois Truffaut (“The Last Metro”), Frank Capra (“Lost Horizon”) and Jean Renoir (“The Bitch”).

Wim Wenders‘ “Paris, Texas,” which won the Palme d’Or 30 years ago, will also screen — as will Fellini’s “8 ½,” a still from which graces this year’s Cannes poster.

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Cannes Classics will also include a screening of an extended cut of Steve James’ documentary about critic Roger Ebert, “Life Itself,” and Hilla Medalia’s “The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films,” which covers the 1980s indie studio headed by Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus and known for its action films.

News of the Ebert doc broke last week, but this is the first time that the festival has confirmed it.

Sophia Loren will serve as guest of honor at Cannes Classics, and her appearance will be accompanied by screenings of the 1964 film “Marriage Italian Style” and the new “La Voce Humana,” which the festival calls “her comeback to the movies.” Loren will also give a masterclass at the Salle Buñuel.

The festival begins on May 14 and runs through May 25.

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The additions:

Out of Competition:
“L’Homme qu’on aimait trop”
by André Téchiné with Guillaume Canet, Catherine Deneuve and Adèle Haenel

Un Certain Regard:
“Fehér Isten”
(“White Dog”) by Kornél Mundruczó

Special Screenings:
“Of Men and War”
(“Des Hommes et de la guerre”) by Laurent Bécue-Renard (documentary)
“The Owners” by Adilkhan Yerzhanov (1h33)
“Géronimo” by Tony Gatlif with Céline Salette, Rachid Yous
“El Ardor” by Pablo Fendrik with Gael Garcia Bernal

Cannes Classics:
Guest of honor: Sophia Loren
With special screenings of “La Voce Humana” by Edoardo Ponti (2014) and “Marriage Italian Style” (“Matrimonio all’italiana”) by Vittorio De Sica (1964)
“Per Un Pugno Di Dollari” (“A Fistful of Dollars”) by Sergio Leone (1964)

“Paris, Texas” by Wim Wenders (1984)
“Regards Sur une Revolution: Comment Yukong Deplaca les Montagnes” by Marceline Loridan et Joris Ivens (1976)
“Cruel Story of Youth” (“Seishun Zankoku Monogatari”) (by Nagisa Oshima (1960)
“Wooden Crosses” (“Les Croix de Bois”) by Raymond Bernard (1931)
“Overlord” by Stuart Cooper (1975)
“La Paura” / “Angst” / “La Peur” by Roberto Rossellini (1954)
“Blind Chance” (“Przypadek”) by Krzysztof Kieślowski (1981)
“The Last Metro” (“Le Dernier Metro”) by François Truffaut (1980)
“Dragon Inn” by King Hu (1967)
“Daybreak” (“Le Jour se Leve”) by Marcel Carné (1939)
“The Color of Pomegranates” (“Sayat Nova”) by Sergei Parajanov (1968)
Leolo” by Jean-Claude Lauzon (1992)
“Gacious Living” (“La Vie de Chateau“) by Jean-Paul Rappeneau (1965)
“Jamaica Inn” by Alfred Hitchcock (1939)
“Les Violons du Bal” by Michel Drach (1974)
“Blue Mountains” (“Les Montagnes Bleues”) by Eldar Shengelaia (1983)
“Lost Horizon” by Frank Capra (1937)
The Bitch” (“La Chienne”) by Jean Renoir (1939)
Tokyo Orinpikku” (“Tokyo Olympiades”) by Kon Ichikawa (1965)
“8½” by Federico Fellini (1963)

Classic Cannes Documentaries:
“Life Itself” by Steve James (2014)
“The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films” by Hilla Medalia (2014)

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