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CANNES 2006 Official Selection

11 European films in competition

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11 European films in competition

Films by Pedro Almodovar (Spain), Nanni Moretti and Paolo Sorrentino (Italy), Ken Loach and Andrea Arnold (UK), Aki Kaurismaki (Finland), Lucas Belvaux (Belgium), Pedro Costa (Portugal) and three films from French directors (Nicole Garcia, Bruno Dumont and Xavier Giannoli) have been chosen for official competition for the 59th Cannes Film Festival (May 17-28).

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The selection unveiled today has a distinctly European flavour. Festival Artistic Director Thierry Frémeaux had promised surprises and they have been delivered, with the selection including seasoned directors at Cannes, as well as new, rising stars, such as Sofia Coppola, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu and Guillermo del Toro. Included in the 19 films in the running for the Golden Palm are three US films and one Asian title and Algeria makes its return to the Cannes with Days of Glory [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jean Bréhat
interview: Rachid Bouchareb
film profile
]
by Rachid Bouchareb.

Featuring out of competition is the highly anticipated United 93 [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Paul Greengrass and Tony Gatlif’s Transylvania [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(also out of competition) will close the festival.

The official line-up

In competition
Pedro Almodovar - Volver [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Agustín Almodóvar
interview: Carmen Maura
interview: Pedro Almodóvar
interview: Pénélope Cruz
film profile
]
(ES)
Nanni Moretti - The Caiman [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jean Labadie
interview: Nanni Moretti
film profile
]
(IT)
Paolo Sorrentino - L'amico di famiglia (IT)
Ken Loach - The Wind That Shakes the Barley [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ken Loach
interview: Rebecca O’Brien
film profile
]
(GB)
Nicole Garcia - Charlie Said [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(FR)
Bruno Dumont - Flanders [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(FR)
Xavier Giannoli - The Singer [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(FR)
Rachid Bouchareb - Days of Glory (DZ)
Lucas Belvaux - The Weakest Is Always Right [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(BE)
Sofia Coppola - Marie-Antoinette (US)
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Babel (MX)
Nuri Bilge Ceylan - Iklimler (TR)
Pedro Costa - Juventude em Marcha (PT)
Guillermo del Toro - Pan's Labyrinth (MX)
Aki Kaurismaki - Lights in the Dusk [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(FI)
Andrea Arnold - Red Road [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(GB)
Richard Kelly - Southland Tales (US)
Richard Linklater - Fast Food Nation (US)
Lou Ye - Summer Palace (CN)

Out of competition

Opening: Ron Howard - The Da Vinci Code (US)
Closing: Tony Gatlif - Transylvania (FR)

Special screenings:
Brett Ratner - X-Men 3, l'affrontement final (US)
Tim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick - Over The Hedge (US)
Paul Greengrass - United 93 (UK)
Mimo Calopresti - Volevo solo vivere (IT)
Bill Couturié - Boffo! Les revers et réussites d'Hollywood (US)
Benoît Delépine - Avida (FR)
Davis Guggenheim - An inconvienient truth (US)
Adam Guzinski - Dziki jezdziec (PL)
Jean-Henri Meunier - Ici Najac, à vous la Terre (FR)
Philippe Parreno et Douglas Gordon - Zidane, un portrait du XXIe siècle (FR)
Sydney Pollack - Sketches of Frank Gehry (US)
Tahani Rached - El-banate dol (EG-CA)
Abderrahmane Sissako - Bamako (MR)

Midnight screenings:
John Cameron Mitchell - Shortbus (US)
Johnnie To - Election 2 (HK)
Su Chao-pin - Guisi (TW)

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(Translated from French)

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