Thursday, April 14, 2011

Round Up The Usual Suspects...

As if we needed another reason to wish we were in France...

This morning the official line-up for the 64th annual Cannes Film Festival was announced. The festival will open on May 11th with the out of competition premiere of Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris

As expected, Terrence Malick's long awaited The Tree of Life will finally make its' premiere here after several years in the works. Also in the, "everyone saw it coming" file: Festival favorite filmmakers Pedro Almodóvar,  Lars Von Trier and Gus Van Sant will debut their newest works on the croisette.

In the "far less predictable" column we find Japanese madman Takashi Miike's new film Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai as well as Nicolas Winding Refn's crime-thriller Drive.

This year's lineup also seems front-loaded with controversial subject matter. Von Trier and Miike are legendary provocateurs and Almodóvar's The Skin That I Live In is a rape/revenge film with sex reassignment surgery at its' center. But perhaps this year's lightning-rod of controversy will be Lynn Ramsay's adaptation of We Need To Talk About Kevin which follows a mother coming to terms with her son and the fact that he shot up his school.

Though there are few true surprises in the lineup, this year's slate of films is nothing to scoff at. Check back often for updates as we deliver coverage so good that you'll find it hard to believe that we're thousands of miles away.

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