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Written by Ivan Radford   
Tuesday, 21 April 2009 10:14


32 countries. 52 films. 46 world premieres. Cannes is back. And we haven't been invited. Rather than sit around and mope (we can do that later), here's the line-up of coolness coming to the Croisette.

Things kick off with Pixar's latest, Up, but there's more interesting stuff showing. We all know about Inglourious Basterd's dash for the Palme d'Or, but how about Pedro Almodovar's Broken Embraces? With Pedro and Penelope back together, that could really be something special.

But wait, Michael Haneke is back with a black-and-white look at fascism in a 1913 German school (a typically idiosyncratic choice of topic from the disturbing director). Johnny To's got another stylish slice of celluloid to offer too: Vengeance will be showing In Competition.


The Koreans are there in force, too, with Bong Joon-Ho (The Host) and Park Chan-Wook's most recent projects. The latter, from the Oldboy director, is called Thirst. It's about vampires. I can't imagine anything that could be more graphic, violent or absolutely amazing. Sam Raimi will be upping the blood count, too, with Drag me to Hell - awesome.

Hold your horses there's more! Ang Lee helms Emile Hirsch and the equally wonderful Liev Schreiber in Taking Woodstock, Ken Loach is showing up, along with Cantona, in Looking for Eric. And Coca Chanel is glamming it up in two separate biopics - count 'em, two. One of them, Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky, by Jan Koenen, is closing the festival.

And, finally, Terry Gilliam's long-awaited piece with the late Heath Ledger, The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus. That alone is worth the price of admission. Which we couldn't afford. Sorry, that would be the moping again. Here's the complete line-up:


In Competition

Pedro Almodovar - Broken Embraces

Andrea Arnold - Fish Tank

Jacques Audiard - Un Prophete

Marco Bellocchio – Vincere

Jane Campion - Bright Star

Xavier Giannoli – A L'Origine

Isabel Coixet – Map of the Sounds of Tokyo

Michael Haneke - The White Ribbon

Ang Lee – Taking Woodstock

Ken Loach – Looking for Eric

Lou Ye - Spring Fever

Brillante Mendoza – Kinatay

Gaspar Noe – Enter The Void

Park Chan-Wook – Thirst

Alain Resnais – Les Herbes Folles

Elia Suleiman – The Time That Remains

Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds

Johnnie To – Vengeance

Tsai Ming-liang – Face

Lars Von Trier – Antichrist


Un Certain Regard

Bong Joon Ho - Mother

Alain Cavalier - Irene

Lee Daniels - Precious

Denis Dercourt- Demain Des L'Aube

Heitor Dhalia - Adrift

Bahman Ghobadi - Nobody Knows About The Persian Cats

Ciro Guerra - The Wind Journeys

Mia Hansen-Love - Le Pere De Mes Enfants

Hanno Hofer, Razvan Marculescu, Cristian Mungiu, Constantin Propescu and Ioanna Uricaru - Tales From The Golden Age

Nikolay Khomeriki - Tale In The Darkness

Yorgos Lanthimos - Dogtooth

Pavel Lounguine - Tzar

Raya Martin - Independencia

Corneliu Porumboiu - Police, Adjective

Pen-Ek Ratanaruang - Nymph

Joao Pedro Rodrigues - To Die Like A Man

Haim Tabakman - Eyes Wide Open

Warwick Thornton - Samson & Delilah

Jean Van De Velde - The Silent Army

Hirokazu Kore-Eda - Air Doll


Closing Film

Jan Kounen – Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky


Out of Competition

Robert Guediguian - L'Armee Du Crime

Alejandro Amenabar - Agora

Terry Gilliam The Imaginarium Of Dr Parnassus


Midnight Screenings

Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar - A Town Called Panic

Sam Raimi - Drag Me To Hell

Marina De Van – Ne Te Retourne Pas


Special Screenings

Anne Aghion - My Neighbor, My Killer

Adolfo Alix Jr and Raya Martin - Manila

Souleymane Cisse - Min Ye

Michel Gondry - L'Epine Dans Le Coeur

Zhao Liang - Petition

Keren Yedaya - Jaffa