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Cannes newcomers to contest Palme D'Or

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Cannes newcomers to contest Palme D'Or


Twenty-two films are to compete for the coveted Palme D’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, as it celebrates its 60th anniversay. More than half the films chosen are from Cannes newcomers. They join old hands, like Quentin Tarantino, among an international offering of titles.

Thierry Fremaux is the powerhouse behind the selection. “We often said in these past few months that the 60th Cannes has to be the best one,” he explained. “As for the selection of the films, well that has been a year’s work for me.”

The stars will be out in force as usual, including the cast of “Zodiac” led by Brokeback Mountain Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Junior. David Fincher’s thriller on the notorious Zodiac serial killer, who terrorised San Francisco during the 1960s and 1970s, will be up against, among others, Tarantino’s “Death Proof” and Wong Kar-Wai’s “My Blueberry nights”, starring Jude Law and big screen newcomer Norah Jones.

Not in the running for the Palme D’Or, but set for its world opening in Cannes, “Oceans 13” boasts its familiar cast of Hollywood heavyweights, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Ellen Barkin.

Michael Moore will premiere his new documentary “Sicko”, and a special 60th anniversary film by renowned directors, such as Wim Wenders and Roman Polanski, will also feature.

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