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Cannes Film Fest lures “Pirates,” celebrities and “The Beaver”

14 April 2011 3:40 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

By Sean O’Connell Some films were expected (hello, “The Tree of Life”). Some were complete surprises (Almodovar’s “The Skin I Live In”). But just about every title announced as part of the 64th Cannes Film Festival carried serious weight and anticipation.

Malick, Almodovar, Miike, Von Trier, Ramsay and Allen are the heavy hitters in Cannes’ official Competition.

Outside the boundaries, Cannes will be hosting the world premiere of the fourth “Pirates” film, with Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz expected to attend. And Jodie Foster continues her “Beaver” press tour with a stop on the Croistette. Is that a good fit?

The official Cannes lineup was made this morning in Paris. We have the full list below:

Feature Film Jury

Robert De Niro, President – Actor, Director / USA

The Short Film And Cinefondation Jury

Michel Gondry, President – Director / France

Un Certain Regard Jury

Emir Kusturica, President – Director / Serbia »

- Sean O'Connell

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2011 Cannes Film Festival Lineup Announced

14 April 2011 3:07 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Photo: Cannes Film Festival This morning the Cannes Film Festival announced the line-up for the 64th edition of the fest, which will run from May 11-22. Before getting to the films, managing director of the festival, Thierry Fremaux, announced that 1715 films were submitted for consideration, representing 33 countries. Of those films 19 were included in competition, and of those 19, four were directed by female directors, a record for the fest.

As for the films included in the festival, the competition looks fierce. Just a few names you might recognize among the competition crowd include Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodovar, Takashi Miike, Nicolas Winding Refn, Lars Von Trier and Lynne Ramsay. Beyond that many of the names are new to me, but that's the number one reason I go to Cannes, the international flavor of this festival surpasses any of the major fests you'll find in North America.

The Out of Competition selections for »

- Brad Brevet

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2011 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival: Official Slections

15 January 2011 6:00 AM, PST | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

The 8th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is all set to run for ten days this Feb. 11-20 in Missoula, Montana. This year, the fest will have a whopping 140 film programs, a growth that necessitates an expansion from its regular home at the Historic Wilma Theatre — where it will occupy two screens — to also feature screenings at the former Pipestone Mountaineering store.

Special events at the fest include a free opening night screening of How to Die in Oregon sponsored by HBO Documentary Films. The film, directed by Peter D. Richardson, examines the impact the legalization of physician-assisted suicide has had on the state. (In 1994, Oregon was the first state to legalize the practice.)

Also, indie rock band Yo La Tengo will perform their acclaimed live score of the films of pioneering French underwater documentary film director Jean Painlevé, something they have done for other film festivals all over the world. »

- Mike Everleth

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