62nd Cannes Film Festival Official Selection Announced

April 23, 2009
Source: Official Website

62nd Cannes Film Festival

The 62nd Cannes Film Festival official selection was announced this morning. A total of 52 films are featured in four categories: Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition, and Special Screenings. The festival kicks off on May 13th and last for 11 days until May 24th; I will be attending this year. It was previously announced that Pixar's Up is opening the festival. Highlights from this year's line-up at Cannes also include Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, Terry Gilliam's Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (which is Heath Ledger's last film), Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock, and many more. Read on for the list!

Pixar's Up - Dir: Pete Docter

Broken Embraces - Dir: Pedro Almodóvar
Fish Tank - Dir: Andrea Arnold
A Prophet - Dir: Jacques Audiard
Vincere - Dir: Marco Bellocchio
Bright Star - Dir: Jane Campion
In the Beginning - Dir: Xavier Giannoli
Map of the Sounds of Tokyo - Dir: Isabel Coixet
The White Ribbon - Dir: Michael Haneke
Taking Woodstock - Dir: Ang Lee
Looking for Eric - Dir: Ken Loach
Spring Fever - Dir: Lou Ye
Kinatay - Dir: Brillante Mendoza
Enter The Void - Dir: Gasper Noe
Thirst - Dir: Park Chan-wook
Les Herbes Foilles - Dir: Alain Resnais
The Time That Remains - Dir: Elia Suleiman
Inglourious Basterds - Dir: Quentin Tarantino
Vengeance - Dir: Johnnie To
Face - Dir: Tsai Ming-liang
Antichrist - Dir: Lars von Trier

Mother - Dir: Bong Joon-ho
Irene - Dir: Alain Cavalier
Precious - Dir: Lee Daniels
Demaine Des L'Aube - Dir: Denis Dercourt
Adrift - Dir: Heitor Dhalia
Nobody Knows About The Persian Cats - Dir: Bahman Ghobadi
The Wind Journeys - Dir: Ciro Guerra
Le Pere De Mes Enfants - Dir: Mia Hansen-Løve
Tale In The Darkness - Dir: Nikolay Khomeriki
Air Doll - Dir: Hirokazu Kore-Eda
Dogtooth - Dir: Giorgos Lanthimos
Tzar - Dir: Pavel Lounguine
Independence - Dir: Raya Martin
Police, Adjective - Dir: Corneliu Porumboiu
Nymph - Dir: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
To Die Like A Man - Dir: João Pedro Rodrigues
Eyes Wide Open - Dir: Haim Tabakman
Samson & Delilah - Dir: Warwick Thornton
The Silent Army - Dir: Jean van de Velde
Tales From The Golden Age - Dir: Hanno Hofer, Razvan Marculescu, Cristian Mungiu, Constantin Propescu, Ioanna Uricaru

The Army of Crime - Dir: Robert Guédiguian
Agora - Dir: Alejandro Amenabar
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus - Dir: Terry Gilliam

Petition - Dir: Zhao Liang
L'epine Dans le Coeur - Dir: Michel Gondry
Min Ye - Dir: Souleymane Cissé
Jaffa - Dir: Keren Yedaya
Manila - Dir: Adolfo Alix Jr. and Raya Martin
My Neighbor, My Killer - Dir: Anne Aghion

A Town Called Panic - Dir: Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar
Ne Te Retourne Pas - Dir: Marina de Van
Drag Me to Hell - Dir: Sam Raimi

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky - Dir: Jan Kounen

This looks like one of the best line-ups for Cannes that I've seen. Everyone from Ang Lee to Quentin Tarantino to Ken Loach to Lars von Trier to Sam Raimi will be there. I can't wait to get out to France and see some incredible films. Stay tuned for last minute updates before I head out to Cannes in a few weeks!

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  • Dan
    Official site also has running times for each film. Interesting to see that Inglourious Basterds runs at 2 hours 40 minutes. Should be great.
  • Michael
    Wow, Agora is there too. It's about time they show us some kind of trailer for that movie.
  • Itri
    I wish I lived in France....or had money. Damnit.
  • I like how Drag Me to Hell plays at midnight. how fitting.
  • Andrew
    Yeah, I love when film festivals do the horror stuff at night. Can't wait to hear the buzz. Thanks for this Alex.
  • Epic Banana
    You are fucking lucky, mate! Someday [via the strokes] I will be able to go to Cannes 😐 At least you'll provide us with cool stuff, right?
  • Well, Michael, "Agora" has already a teaser trailer and a teaser poster.
  • Angelo
    Enter the Void! Noé is probably going to shock one half of the audience and enrage the other :)
  • Ben Wilson
    I really hope Enter the Void is amazing. Gaspar Noe deserves serious recognition. If the flick is good I hope he receives the palm d'or. But #6 is right, I have total faith that he's going to once again alienate himself from the audience with the film, which I guess isn't particularly a bad thing.
  • I've got some cool Enter the Void things that I'll be writing about later tonight...
  • Mario
    You lucky basterd Alex. Have fun and bring the goods.
  • Chris
    Does anyone know when they're announcing the short film finalists? Or if so where this list can be found?
  • Leo
    This line-up is hands-down, one of the best I've yet to see coming out of Cannes in recent years. Personally can't wait to see Los Abrazos Rotos from Almodovar, (hate that we have to wait until November to watch it here, when in Spain it opened mid-march) Antichrist from Lars von Trier, who shocked and awed me with Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, and Dogville. Also, Michael Heneke's film should be something to look forward to, glad to see he's back to french actors given that his Funny Games remake fell through the cracks. Love Tarantino, but somehow this film hasn't gotten mildly excited, not sure why, but something's off about it. Same goes for Ang Lee, not feeling his Woodstock vibe. Hope I'm wrong and the films are good.
  • hyacinth
    I'd just like to say I'm so proud, finding 2 Filipino movies in Cannes!
  • hyacinth
    correction. 3 films :) I didn't see Raya Martin's XD
  • jose
    Hey what happened with Jean-Pierre Jeunet, he was supposed to show Micmacs à tire-larigot???
  • Lowe
    Wow... Two years in a row for Brillante Mendoza!!!!!!!!! His film "SERBIS" stirs mimi scandal on last years competition..... But still able to rave positive and not so positive reviews from critics... I wonder how controversial this film "KINATAY" will be..... I hope critics will like it again.... I'm also very proud of 2 other Filipino film which made the list, "MANILA" and "INDEPENDENCIA"..... This was the first time Philippines got a 2 consecutive years of official selection from Cannes... The last time was I think 20 years ago..... Looking forward to see most of the films.... Good luck and Mabuhay!!!!
  • angela digby
    Great to see Andrea Arnold's second feature film entered.Her first Red Road was Brilliant. Andrea has picked a great cast For Fish Tank, Michael Fassbander(hunger),Kirsten Warring(Rise of the Foot Solider)Harry Treadaway(city of Ember) as well as some great new raw talent that she has a way of discovering. Katie Jarvis,Charlotte Collins and Chelsey Chase. Dispite the big Fish Directors being at Cannes, I am sure this great british talent can swim with the big fish.




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