April 18, 2011

Cannes Film Festival Selection Announced!

Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams star in Woody
Allen's Midnight in Paris.
La crème dela crème a été choisi!

It is official - the 2011 Cannes Film Festival kicks-off on May 11th, 2011. Starting off with Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris starring Rachel McAdams, Owen Wilson, and Adrien Brody, the red carpet is going to be packed with stars. Brad Pitt and Sean Penn will be present for Terrence Malick's Tree of Life, while Johnny Depp will be there in support of his latest film, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Robert De Niro will be the star of the show, acting as president and main announcer, along with his yet undisclosed pannel of judges to the Palme d'Or. The big award, which means the Golden Palm, will be rewarded on May 22nd with 19 films in the running. In total, there will be 44 world premiers out of the 49 feature films, which reside from 33 countries around the world.

Some of films of note include The Skin I Live In, a reunion between Antonio Banderas and director Pedro Almodovar. Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin helps give a stronger presence of females in competition at this year's awards; Ramsay, along with Julia Leigh (Sleeping Beauty), Naomi Kawase (Hanezu no tsuki), and Maiwenn Le Besco (Polisse) make up four female directors are in the running for the Palme d'Or -- a record for the 64 year history of the awards.

It's certainly guaranteed to be fascinating film festival, and we cannot wait to see what films truly shine in the Mediterranean sun.

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