Newcomers mark 60th Cannes film festival

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19 April 2007, Paris (dpa) - The landmark 60th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will be characterized by youth as 13 directors will make their debuts in competition for the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or, organizers said Thursday in Paris. Festival president Gilles Jacob said that the object of this year's selection was to "combine heritage and modernity, great signatures and young whelps." The newcomers to the world's most prestigious film festival include Germany's Fatih Akin, who is bringing Au

19 April 2007

Paris (dpa) - The landmark 60th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will be characterized by youth as 13 directors will make their debuts in competition for the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or, organizers said Thursday in Paris.

Festival president Gilles Jacob said that the object of this year's selection was to "combine heritage and modernity, great signatures and young whelps."

The newcomers to the world's most prestigious film festival include Germany's Fatih Akin, who is bringing Auf der Anderen Seite (On the Other Side), American David Fincher, with his crime thriller Zodiac and three French directors, including the controversial Catherine Breillat with Une Vieille Maitresse (An Old Mistress).

They will be competing against some Cannes legends, such as the Americans Quentin Tarantino and Ethan and Joel Coen, Bosnian-born Emir Kusturica and Wong Kar Wai of Hong Kong, whose My Blueberry Nights will open the festival.

Tarantino, who won the Palme d'Or in 1994 with Pulp Fiction, will be showing Death Proof, a revised version of the film of the same name that opened earlier this year as part of a double film entitled Grindhouse.

Two-time Palme d'Or recipient Kusturica will be showing Promise Me This, while the Coens brothers return with No Country for Old Men, a thriller starring Tommy Lee Jones and Woody Harrelson.

British heartthrob Jude Law is featured in My Blueberry Nights, by Wong Kar Wai, whose In the Mood for Love won the Palme d'Or in 2000.

Of the French entries, the one that will no doubt attract the most attention is Breillat's film. The 58-year-old director made headlines in France with two films, Romance, which starred porn film star Rocco Siffredi, and the openly pornographic Baise-Moi (Screw Me).

In addition, Iranian comic artist Marjane Satrapi is present in competition with an animated film version of her critically acclaimed graphic novel Persepolis, which she made with Frenchman Vincent Paronnaud.

The comic, which has been compared to Atr Spegelman's Maus, is a funny and touching memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.

The jury that will decide the winner of the Palme d'Or and other awards, such as for directing and acting, is headed by British director Stephen Frears and includes French acting legend Michel Piccoli and Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, the 2006 Nobel Prize winner for literature.

Other notable screenings at this year's festival, which takes place from May 16-27, include the world premiere of Stephen Soderbergh's Ocean's Thirteen, starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney, and a showing of Sicko, by Michael Moore, whose shrill critique of US President Goerge W Bush, Fahrenheit 9/11, won the Palme d'Or in 2004.

Below is the list of the 22 films competing for the Palme d'Or for best film of the 60th Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 16 to 27.

Wong Kar-wei, My blueberry nights, China

Fatih Akin, Auf der Anderen Seite (On the Other Side), Germany

Catherine Breillat, Une Vieille Maitresse (An Old Mistress),

France

Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men, USA

David Fincher, Zodiac, USA

James Gray, We Own the Night, USA

Christophe Honore, Les Chansons d'Amour (Songs of Love), France

Naomi Kawase, Mogari No Mori (The Forest of Mogari), Japan

Emir Kusturica, Promise Me This, Bosnia

Lee Chang-dong, Secret Sunshine, Korea

Christian Mungiu, 4 Luni, 3 Saptamini si 2 Zile (4 MOnths, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), Romania

Raphael Nadjari, Tehilim, Israel

Carlos Reygadas, Stellet Licht (Silent Light), Mexico

Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Peronnaud, Persepolis, Iran

Julian Schnabel, Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), France

Ulrich Seidl, Import Export, Austria

Alexander Sokourov, Alexandra, Russia

Quentin Tarantino, Death Proof, USA

Bela Tarr, The Man from London, Hungary

Gus Van Sant, Paranoid Park, USA

Andrey Zvyagintsev, Izgnanie (The Banishment), Russia

Kim Ki-duk, Breath, Korea

DPA

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