Cannes Announces Contenders

While we’re frolicking with Baby Mammas here in New York at the Tribeca Film Festival, Cannes announced its contenders for the Palme d’Or award this year. Three American directors, including Clint Eastwood, Steven Soderbergh, and Charlie Kaufman will be among the big 19, according to Bloomberg. A 20th film from France will be chosen in the next few days. Mr. Eastwood will show Changeling, while Mr. Soderbergh will unveil the four-hour-long, two-part Che, about the Argentine-born revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara. Mr. Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) will present Synecdoche, New York. Last year, there were five US films in competition. The contenders for this year’s Palme d’Or include films by Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Canada’s Atom Egoyan, and German-born Wim Wenders. A seven-member jury, which includes Sean Penn and Natalie Portman, will award the prize.

Cannes Announces Contenders