Festival de Cannes: N. Americans lead among film entries

Festival de Cannes: N. Americans lead among film entries
PARIS -- The Festival de Cannes on Tuesday unveiled a competition lineup strong on Croisette favorites, with six English-language movies from North America. Half of the 20 competing directors have previously screened movies In Competition, and four have won the Palme d'Or, Cannes' top prize. Previous prize winners include Gus Van Sant, who returns with HBO Films' Last Days inspired by the demise of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain; and Lars von Trier, who will accompany Manderlay, the second part of his trilogy that began with Dogville. The U.S. contingent also includes Tommy Lee Jones' directorial debut, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, a contemporary Western played out in Mexico and the U.S. and written by Guillermo Arriaga; and Jim Jarmusch's Broken Flowers starring Bill Murray as a jilted man who goes in search of his old flames, which Focus Features will distribute in the U.S. Murray and co-stars Sharon Stone and Jessica Lange are due in town. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's graphic novel adaptation Sin City rounds out American titles, with cast members Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke and Jessica Alba expected to climb the red carpet for the film's European premiere of the Dimension Films production.

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