This year's Cannes lineup will be heavy on American films. The official schedule doesn't come out for another two weeks, but, according to Variety, about half of the competition films have been set. Some highlights:
- Chloe Sevigny will appear in at least two films: Lars Von Trier's Manderlay, a companion to Dogville set in the Depression-era South; and a still-untitled Jim Jarmusch project, co-starring Bill Murray.
- Gus Van Sant, winner of the Palme D'Or two years back for the Columbine-inspired Elephant, will unveil Last Days, starring The Dreamers' Michael Pitt as a junkie rockstar about to die. The film is reportedly based on accounts of the final days in the life of Kurt Cobain; Variety reports that the story has been transposed to take place in the "early 70s".
- Two previous Cannes winners, David Cronenberg (Special Jury Prize for Crash) and Wim Wenders (Palme D'Or for Paris, Texas), are back with new projects. Cronenberg's A History of Violence stars Viggo Mortenson as a father who commits a murder in self-defence; and Wenders directs Sam Shepard in Don't Come Knockin', from Shepard's script.
- Sin City will show in competition - an anomaly, as films that have already had sucessful releases in The States are rarely considered "serious" enough to compete at Cannes.