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No Indian movie at Cannes film festival

hollywood Updated: Apr 14, 2011 18:56 IST
Gautaman Bhaskaran
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The 64th Cannes Film Festival, to run from May 11 to 22, will screen 49 features from 33 countries. Forty-four of them will be world premieres, and 19 will compete for the top Palm d’Or, the festival’s most coveted prize.

India is conspicuous by its absence after a showing last year with Vikramaditya Motwane’s Udaan in Hindi. This movie came after an uncomfortably long dry patch of several years when the world’s largest producer of films was not to be seen at Cannes at all.

The festival’s official lineup was announced on Thursday noon in Paris by the General Delegate, Thierry Fremaux. "Great filmmakers make great films and the Festival de Cannes welcomes them with open arms," he told a press conference in Paris before announcing the selections.

Gautaman Bhaskaran
Gautaman Bhaskaran
The legendary American actor, Robert De Niro, will preside over the jury, whose other members will be announced next week.

Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, starring the French First Lady, Carla Bruni, Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates and Adrien Brody will kickstart the festival on the French Riviera on May 11.

In the days to come, there could be a few additions to this list -- as has been the trend in recent years.

The complete list of movies in the various official sections announced on Thursday follows:

Opening film:

Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen


Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn

Footnote, Josef Cedar

Hanezu no Tsuki, Naomi Kawase

Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai, Takashi Miike

The Kid With a Bike, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

L'apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close), Bertrand Bonello

Le Havre, Aki Kaurismaki

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Melancholia, Lars von Trier

Michael, Markus Schleinzer

Pater, Alain Cavalier

Polisse, Maiwenn

The Skin That I Inhabit, Pedro Almodovar

Sleeping Beauty, Julia Leigh

La Source des femmes, Radu Mihaileanu

This Must Be the Place, Paolo Sorrentino

The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick

We Have a Pope, Nanni Moretti

We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lynne Ramsay

Un Certain Regard:

Arirang Kim Ki-duk

Bonsai," Cristian Jimenez

The Day He Arrives, Hong Sang-soo

Et maintenant on va ou?, Nadine Labaki

Halt auf freier Strecke, Andreas Dresen

Hors Satan, Bruno Dumont

The Hunter, Bakur Bakuradze

Les Neiges du Kilimandjaro, Robert Guediguian

L'exercisce de l'etat, Pierre Schoeller

Loverboy, Catalin Mitulescu

Martha Marcy May Marlene, Sean Durkin

Miss Bala, Gerardo Naranjo

Restless, U.S., Gus Van Sant

Oslo, August 31st, Joachim Trier

Skoonheid, Oliver Hermanus

Tatsumi, Eric Khoo

Trabalhar cansa, Juliana Rojas, Marco Dutra

Toomelah, Ivan Sen

The Yellow Sea, Na Hong-jin

Out of Competition:

The Beaver, Jodie Foster

The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius

The Conquest, Xavier Durringer

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Rob Marshall

Midnight Screenings:

Wu Xia, Peter Chan Ho-sun

Dias de gracia, Everardo Gout

Special Screenings:

Labrador, Frederikke Aspock

Le maitre des forges de l'enfer, Rithy Panh

Michel Petrucciani, Michael Radford

Tous au Larzac, Christian Rouaud