Stars Align as Cannes Kicks Off

Blockbusters and indies premiere on the Riviera
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2008 10:22 AM CDT
Natalie Portman, Jeanne Balibar, Sean Penn and Alexandra Maria Lara pose during a photo call for the jury members at the 61st International film festival in Cannes, southern France, on Wednesday, May...   (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
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(Newser) – The Cannes Film Festival gets under way today with the premiere of Blindness, a new film by City of God director Fernando Meirelles that stars Julianne Moore. A jury led by Sean Penn will award the Palme d'or to one of 22 films. But as the Telegraph reports, paparazzi will be swarming to two premieres out of competition: Jack Black's Kung Fu Panda and the newest Indiana Jones film.

Some of the most anticipated films at this year's festival include:

  • Changeling, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Angelina Jolie
  • Che, Stephen Soderbergh's 4-hour epic on the life of Che Guevara
  • The Silence of Lorna, from two-time Palme d'or winners Jean-Luc and Pierre Dardenne
  • 24 City, by Chinese director Jia Zhanke, which is already being tipped for the top prize