The films in the running for Palme d'Or and other awards at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival were announced Thursday morning at a press conference at the Grand Hotel in Paris.
Mike Leigh, whose Vera Drake was turned down in 2004 (and went on to win the Golden Lion in Venice), has Another Year – which also stars Vera Drake's Imelda Staunton – in the line-up, while Mathieu Amalric, the star of Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, has gone behind the cameras for Tournée. (Curiously, Schnabel's Miral was not shortlisted.)
Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Stephen Frears' Tamara Drewe, and Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps will be shown out of competition, along with the opening gala entry, Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe.
Crowe is no Errol Flynn and I'm not expecting another The Adventures of Robin Hood, but let's hope this one is at least better than either Kevin Costner's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves or Scott's previous medieval foray, Kingdom of Heaven.
Reuters, Agence France-Presse, Getty, and the Associated Press threatened to boycott today's announcement because of restrictions imposed on their coverage of this year's festival. So, Cannes 2010 hasn't even begun and we already have controversy, even if not exactly of the film kind.
But not to worry. Here's some film controversy for you: Terrence Malick's much-anticipated The Tree of Life is not one of the films in competition. Apparently, it wasn't finished in time for the festival. That will leave a whole lot of people mighty disappointed.
Or perhaps not. A handful more entries for the Palme d'Or are supposed to be announced in the coming days.
And since Jean-Luc Godard is in the running, something will be said and done to keep journalists and bloggers busy throughout the festival.
The 63rd edition of the Cannes festival runs May 12-23, 2010.
Robin Hood, Ridley Scott
Poetry, Lee Chang-Dong
Tournée, Mathieu Amalric
The Certified Copy / Copie conforme, Abbas Kiarostami
Fair Game, Doug Liman
La princesse de Montpensier, Bertrant Tavernier
Another Year, Mike Leigh
Biutiful, Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu
Des hommes et des dieux, Xavier Beauvois
Hors la loi, Rachid Bouchareb
Housemaid, Im Sang-soo
Outrage, Takeshi Kitano
Un homme qui crie, Mahamat Haroun
La nostra vita, Daniele Luchetti
Burnt by the Sun 2, Nikita Mikhalkov
You My Joy, Sergei Loznitsa
Loong Boonmee Raleuk Chaat, Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Out of Competition
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Woody Allen
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Oliver Stone
Tamara Drewe, Stephen Frears