Cannes Film Festival Announces Exceptional Lineup for 2009

Cannes Film Festival 2009

The official selection for the 2009 Cannes Film Festival was announced today, giving cinephiles worldwide a heads up on what’s in store for the next year or so in terms of art-house cinema. And there’s reason to be excited. Michael Haneke, Lars Von Trier, Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodovar, Jane Campion, Ang Lee, and Ken Loach are among the prestigious filmmakers competing for the Palme d’Or. Park Chan-Wook’s “Thirst” (which hits theaters here next week) is the only South Korean film vying for the top prize. However, Bong Joon-Ho (“Memories of Murder,” “The Host”) will premiere his upcoming movie “Mother” out-of-competition. Other highlights include the latest from Pixar, “Up,” as well as what will be Heath Ledger’s last appearance on the silver screen for his role in “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” – one that had to be completed by Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Collin Farrell due to his untimely death. Most of these films won’t come out in theaters here for months, if at all, but the Cannes lineup usually offers a pretty good indication of the what lies ahead at the Pusan International Film Festival in the Fall.

*It’s interesting to note that Isabelle Huppert has been picked as the President of the jury when she has worked with Michael Haneke on several occasions (“The Piano Teacher,” “Time of the Wolf”). Is this an advantage or a handicap for the Austrian director (whose work I’m particularly fond of)?

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One Response to “Cannes Film Festival Announces Exceptional Lineup for 2009”

  1. G. Kaplan Says:

    Would like to point you in direction of Empire Online which has done a nice piece on 17 films they’re excited about seeing in Cannes.

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