Cannes Film Festival Announces Exceptional Lineup for 2009

Cannes Film Festival 2009

The official selection for the 2009 Cannes Film Festival was announced recently, giving cinephiles worldwide a heads up on what’s in store for the next year or so in terms of art-house cinema. And there’s reason to be excited. Michael Haneke, Lars Von Trier, Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodovar, Jane Campion, Ang Lee, and Ken Loach are among the prestigious filmmakers competing for the Palme d’Or. Park Chan-Wook’s “Thirst” (which hits theatres here next week) is the only South Korean film vying for the top prize. However, Bong Joon-Ho (”Memories of Murder,” “The Host”) will premiere his upcoming movie “The Mother” out-of-competition. Most of these films won’t come out in theatres here for months, if at all, but the Cannes lineup usually offers a pretty good indication of the what lies ahead at the Pusan International Film Festival in the Fall.