Cannes 2010: Lineup

Abbas Kiarostami, Takeshi Kitano, Mike Leigh and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu will be among the auteurs competing in this year’s Cannes Film Festival. They’ll be joined by helmer Doug Liman, making his competition debut with the political thriller “Fair Game,” in another slim year for U.S. fare.

Fest topper Thierry Fremaux dealt out the lineup on Thursday morning at a jam-packed Paris press conference that was pushed a week ahead of schedule “to build up the hype before the fest starts,” Fremaux explained. The event was boycotted by major news agencies including Associated Press and Reuters, which are protesting the fest’s decision to limit video coverage under a deal signed with Gallic pubcasters Canal Plus and Orange.

The competition features titles from 13 countries, including first-time entries from Chad and the Ukraine. “Our selection underscores the fact that great filmmaking is alive in every country,” said Fremaux. “It’s not merely a dialogue between Europe and America, but a global dialogue.”

Studio pics preeming out of competition include Ridley Scott’s previously announced opener, “Robin Hood,” Stone’s timely “Wall Street” sequel and Allen’s “Stranger,” which will be joined by Stephen Frears’ “Tamara Drewe.”

Fremaux announced that there was a slight drop in the number of films submitted compared with previous years. “We’re now feeling the effects of the recession in terms of artistic creation,” the topper explained.

The Cannes Film Festival runs May 12-23.


“Robin Hood,” U.S.-U.K., Ridley Scott

“Another Year,” U.K., Mike Leigh
“Biutiful,” Spain-Mexico, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
“Burnt by the Sun 2,” Germany-France-Russia, Nikita Mikhalkov
“Certified Copy,” France-Italy-Iran, Abbas Kiarostami
“Fair Game,” U.S., Doug Liman
“Hors-la-loi,” France-Belgium-Algeria, Rachid Bouchareb
“The Housemaid,” South Korea, Im Sang-soo
“La nostra vita,” Italy-France, Daniele Luchetti
“La Princesse de Montpensier,” France, Bertrand Tavernier
“Of Gods and Men,” France, Xavier Beauvois
“Outrage,” Japan, Takeshi Kitano
“Poetry,” South Korea, Lee Chang-dong
“A Screaming Man,” France-Belgium-Chad, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
“Tournee,” France, Mathieu Amalric
“Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” Spain-Thailand-Germany-U.K.-France, Apichatpong Weerasethakul
“You, My Joy,” Ukraine-Germany, Sergey Loznitsa

“Adrienn Pal,” Hungary-Netherlands-France-Austria, Agnes Kocsis
“Aurora,” Romania, Cristi Puiu
“Blue Valentine,” U.S., Derek Cianfrance
“Chatroom,” U.K., Hideo Nakata
“Chongqing Blues,” China, Wang Xiaoshuai
“The City Below,” Germany-France, Christoph Hochhausler
“Film Socialisme,” Switzerland-France, Jean-Luc Godard
“Ha Ha Ha,” South Korea, Hong Sang-soo
“Les Amours imaginaires,” Canada, Xavier Dolan
“Life Above All,” France, Oliver Schmitz
“Los labios,” Argentina, Ivan Fund, Santiago Loza
“Octubre,” Peru, Daniel Vega
“Qu’est-il arrive a Simon Werner?,” France, Fabrice Gobert
“Rebecca H.,” France, Lodge Kerrigan
“R U There,” Netherlands, David Verbeek
“The Strange Case of Angelica,” Portugal, Manoel de Oliveira
“Tuesday, After Christmas,” Romania, Radu Muntean
“Udaan,” India, Vikramaditya Motwane

Tim Burton, president
Alberto Barbera
Kate Beckinsale
Emmanuel Carre
Benicio Del Toro
Victor Erice
Shekhar Kapur
Giovanna Mezzogiorno

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