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‘Wall Street,’ Woody Join Cannes Festival 2010

Lots of American stars, but focus on competition at the 63rd festival is international

The 2010 Cannes Film Festival lineup, announced at a press conference in Paris on Thursday, is full of stars whose films are screening out of competition.  But the battle for the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or, will be waged by a group of international auteurs.   

"Fair Game," a film about the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame staring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts and directed by Doug Liman ("Swingers," "The Bourne Identity") is the only American film to screen in the festival’s main competition.  

As previously announced, Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood” will kick off the 63rd Festival de Cannes on May 12.

Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” starring Watts, Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin and Anthony Hopkins, and Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” with Michael Douglas and Shia LeBeouf, will also screen out of competition.

Competition for the festival’s top prizes will be waged by an eclectic international group of filmmakers, including Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Biutiful"), Abbas Kiarostami ("Copie Conforme"), Takeshi Kitano ("Outrage"), Mike Leigh ("Another Year") and Bertrand Tavernier ("La Princesse de Montpensier").

Legendary French director Jean-Luc Godard’s "Film Socialisme” will screen in the "Un Certain Regard" category.

Terrence Malick’s "Tree of Life," which had been rumored among the likely selections, was not ready for Thursday’s announcement, but may still be granted entry in the coming days, fest director Thierry Fremaux said.

The full lineup is below.

Tim Burton will head a Cannes jury that will include Kate Beckinsale, Benicio del Toro, French screenwriter Emmanuel Carrere, Indian director-actor-producer Shekhar Kapur, Spanish director Victor Erice, Italy’s National Cinema Museum director Alberto Barbera and Italian actress Giovanna Mezzogiorno. French director Claire Denis will chair the Un Certain Regard jury, and Gael Garcia Bernal will do the same for the Camera d’Or.

It’s the most important film festival in Europe, and the unofficial kickoff to the race that ends with the Academy Awards. But Cannes’ big winners don’t usually go on to win Oscars or do particularly well at the box office. Only four Palme d’Or winners cracked $25 million in the last 30 years: “The Piano,” “Pulp Fiction,” “The Pianist” and “Fahrenheit 451.”

On Wednesday, four news agencies — Agence France-Presse, Reuters, AP and Getty TV — announced a boycott of the press conference after festival organizers warned them of planned restrictions on red carpet video.

Fremaux said on Thursday he hoped the parties could come to a working agreement before next month’s event.

The festival is scheduled to run May 12–23.

IN COMPETITION:

“Tournee,” directed by Mathieu Almaric
“Des Hommes des Dieux,” directed by Xavier Beauvois
“Biutiful,” directed by Alejandro Gonzales Innaritu
“Hors-la-loi,” directed by Rachid Bouchareb
“Un Homme Qui Crie,” directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
“Housemaid,” directed by Im Sangsoo
“Copie Conforme,” directed by Abbas Kiarostami
“Outrage,” directed by Takeshi Kitano
“Poetry,” directed by Lee Chang-dong
“Another Year,” directed by Mike Leigh
“Fair Game,” directed by Doug Liman
“You, My Joy,” directed by Sergei Lovnitsa
“La Nostra Vita,” directed by Daniele Luchetti
“Utomlyonnye Solntsem 2,” directed by Nikita Mikhalkov
“La Princesse de Monptpensier,” directed by Bertrand Tavernier
“Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

OUT OF COMPETITION

“You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger,” directed by Woody Allen
“Tamara Drewe,” directed by Stephen Frears
“Wall Street – Money Never Sleeps,” directed by Oliver Stone

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS

“Kaboom,” directed by Gregg Araki
“L’Autre Monde” (Blackhole), directed by Gilles Marchand

UN CERTAIN REGARD

“Blue Valentine,” directed by Derek Cianfrance
“O Estranho Caso de Angelica,” directed by Manouel de Oliveira
“Les Amours Imaginaires (Heartbeats)," directed by Xavier Dolan
“Los Labios,” directed by Ivan Fund and Santiago Loza
“Simon Werner a Disparu…” directed by Fabrice Gobert
“Film Socialisme,” directed by Jean-Luc Godard
“Unter Dir Die Stadt (The City Below)," directed by Christoph Hochhausler
“Rebecca H. (Return to the Dogs),” directed by Lodge Kerrigan
“Pal Adreinn (Adrienn Pal)," directed by Agnes Kocsis
“Udaan,” directed by Vikramaditya Motwane
“Marti Dupa Craciun (Tuesday, After Christmas)," directed by Radu Muntean
“Chatroom,” directed by Hideo Nakata
“Aurora,” directed by Cristi Puiu
“Ha Ha Ha,” directed by Hong Sangsoo
“Life Above All,” directed by Oliver Schmitz
“Octubre,” directed by Daniel Vega
“R U There,” directed by David Verbeek
“Rizhao Chongqing (Chongqing Blues)," directed by Xiaoshuai Wang

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

"Inside Job," directed by Charles Ferguson
"Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow," directed by Sophie Fiennes
"Nostalgia for the Light," directed by Patricio Guzman
"Draquila – L’Italia Che Trema," directed by Sabina Guzzanti
"Chantrapas," directed by Otar Iosseliani
"Abel," directed by Diego Luna

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