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Cannes Completes Competitive Slate

Chinese, Hungarian films added to lineup; ”Countdown to Zero“ screens out of competition


The Cannes Film Festival has added the final two films to its 2010 competitive slate, choosing the Chinese drama "Chongqing Blues" and the Hungarian "Tender Son – the Frankenstein Project" to complete its 18-film lineup.

The former film was made by director Wang Xiaoshuai, a Cannes 2005 jury winner for "Qing Hong" ("Shanghai Dreams"); the latter by Kornel Mondruczo, who won the FIPRESCI prize at the festival for "Delta" in 2008.

The first 16 films screening in competition were announced on April 15.

Two films were added to the Un Certain Regard section: Jia Zhang Ke’s "I Wish I Knew," from China, and Pablo Trapero’s "Carancho," from Argentina.

Other movies given non-competitive slots on Friday include American director Lucy Walker’s documentary about nuclear arms proliferation, "Countdown to Zero," Carlos Diegues’ Brazilian anthology project "5XFavela," and Andrei Ujica’s "The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu."

Finally, Oscar-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat ("Fantastic Mr. Fox," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") was added to the main competition jury, which is headed by director Tim Burton. 

With the additions, this year’s Cannes lineup is now complete, according to festival organizers.  Other films rumored to be potential entrants, including Terrence Malick’s "Tree of Life," will not be added.  

The festival is scheduled to run May 12–23.

Cannes Film Festival website.