Sor­rentino, Jia, Van Sant in Cannes fes­ti­val lineup, selfie sticks ‘banned’

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

World cinema heavy­weights in­clud­ing China’s Jia Zhangke, Italy’s Paolo Sor­rentino and the United States’ Gus Van Sant will com­pete for prizes at next month’s Cannes Film Fes­ti­val, or­ga­niz­ers an­nounced Thurs­day.

Stars in­clud­ing Char­l­ize Theron, Natalie Port­man, Rachel Weisz, Cate Blanchett, Michael Fass­ben­der and Beni­cio del Toro will be on the red car­pet — but selfie sticks won’t, if fes­ti­val bosses have their way.

Cannes direc­tor Thierry Fre­maux called self­ies “ridicu­lous and grotesque” and said the strongly dis­cour­aged them.

Fre­maux an­nounced 17 films that will be com­pet­ing at the May 13- 24 fes­ti­val. They in­clude Jia’s “Moun­tains May De­part,” Sor­rentino’s “Youth” — a film about age star­ring Michael Caine — and Van Sant’s “The Sea of Trees.”

Also in the lineup are films by Italy’s Nanni Moretti, France’s Jac­ques Au­di­ard, Tai­wanese direc­tor Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Amer­i­can Todd Haynes, whose en­try “Carol” is a 1950s-set love story be­tween two women star­ring Blanchett and

fes­ti­val Rooney Mara.

Cannes or­ga­niz­ers have faced crit­i­cism for not se­lect­ing more films by fe­male di­rec­tors. For the first time in more than 25 years, this year’s fes­ti­val will be opened by a film by a woman, French direc­tor Em­manuelle Ber­cot’s drama “La Tete Haute.”

Two more fe­male film­mak­ers are in com­pe­ti­tion: Va­lerie Donzelli with “Mar­guerite and Julien” and Mai­wenn with “Mon Roi” (“My King”). Both di­rec­tors are French.

Ge­o­graph­i­cally, the range from Europe to en­tries China, Tai­wan, South Korea, and Mex­ico, set­ting the U.S. of De­nis Vil­leneuve’s narco-crime drama “Si­cario.”

AP

Cannes Film fes­ti­val Pres­i­dent Pierre Les­cure, right, and fes­ti­val direc­tor Thierry Fre­maux, pose in front of the Cannes In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val poster for the up­com­ing 68th edi­tion fea­tur­ing Swedish actress In­grid Bergman, at the end of a press con­fer­ence, in Paris, France, Thurs­day, April 16.

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