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Cannes 2010 Official Selection - Seven European films to vie for Palme d’Or

Cannes-Film-FestivalText: Cineuropa

The official selection for the 63rd Cannes Film Festival

(May 12-23), was unveiled yesterday in Paris by delegate general Thierry Frémaux, offering a surprising showcase. For the moment, there are 16 titles in competition, with a few places remaining for films racing against the clock in post-production.

The list of Palme d’Or contenders is a mix of major names in world cinema (including two former Cannes winners Mike Leigh and Abbas Kiarostami, other prize-winning directors like Takeshi Kitano, Alejandro González Inárritu, Bertrand Tavernier, Rachid Bouchareb, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Xavier Beauvois and Nikita Mikhalkov, and Daniele Luchetti, who returns to the competition) and five competition newcomers: Doug Liman, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Im Sang-soo, Matthieu Amalric and Sergei Loznitsa.

In a panorama that is very much representative of the diversity of international cinema, Europe dominates the list of hopefuls with seven films by three French directors (Tavernier, Beauvois and Amalric), a Brit (Leigh), an Italian (Luchetti) and two Eastern European filmmakers: Ukrainia's Loznitsa and Russian filmmaker Mikhalkov.

Asia has five directors in the line-up with two Koreans, one Japanese, a Thai and an Iranian. Africa also has some surprise hopefuls with Bouchareb representing Algeria and Mahamat-Saleh Haroun from Chad.

South America will be counting on Mexico’s Inárritu, while the United States is for the moment represented by Liman alone (while we wait for the remaining titles to be chosen).

The out-of-competition line-up looks particularly attractive with films by Woody Allen (who refused a place in competition), Oliver Stone and Stephen Frears. There will be Midnight Screenings of features by Gregg Araki and French director Gilles Marchand, and Special Screenings of features by Italy’s Sabina Guzzanti and Georgia’s Otar Iosseliani.

Official Selection

Competition
Another Year - Mike Leigh (UK)
Biutiful - Alejandro González Inárritu (ES/MX)
Outside the Law - Rachid Bouchareb (FR/BE/DZ)
La Princesse de Montpensier - Bertrand Tavernier (FR)
Poetry - Lee Chang-dong (KR)
The Housemaid - Im Sang-soo (KR)
Outrage - Takeshi Kitano (JP)
The Certified Copy - Abbas Kiarostami (IT/FR/IR)
Tournée - Matthieu Amalric (FR)
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives - Apichatpong Weerasethakul (ES/TH/DE/UK/FR)
Of Gods and Men - Xavier Beauvois (FR)
La Nostra Vita - Daniele Luchetti (IT/FR)
A Screming Man - Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (FR/BE)
You: My Joy - Sergei Loznitsa (UA/DE)
Burnt by the Sun 2 - Nikita Mikhalkov (DE/FR/RU)
Fair Game - Doug Liman (US)

Out of Competition
Robin Hood - Ridley Scott (opening film - US)
Tamara Drewe - Stephen Frears (UK)
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger - Woody Allen (UK/ES)
Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps - Oliver Stone (US)

Midnight Screenings
Kaboom - Gregg Araki (US)
Black Heaven - Gilles Marchand (FR)

Special Screenings
Nostalgia For Light - Patricio Guzman (FR)
Draquila - Sabina Guzzanti (IT)
Abel - Diego Luna (MX)
Inside Job - Charles Ferguson (US)
Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow - Sophie Fiennes (NL)
Chantrapas - Otar Iosseliani (FR)

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