The Cannes Film Festival (17-28 May) reinforced its auteur credentials this year with a varied line-up of films in competition for the prestigious Palme d'Or in 2006.
Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar's domestic ghost story Volver (starring Penelope Cruz), rubs shoulders with Richard Linklater's Fast Food Nation, critiquing contemporary lifestyles, and Sofia Coppola's period biopic Marie Antoinette with Kirsten Dunst a surprising choice as the extravagant 18th century queen, runs alongside leftie director Ken Loach's The Wind That Shakes the Barley, which takes a sympathetic look at the Republican cause in early Twentieth Century Ireland.
Cannes opens with Ron Howard's two and half hour feature, The Da Vinci Code, in which Tom Hanks as a Harvard professor and Audrey Tatou as a French cryptologist crack the least well-kept secret on earth about a christian conspiracy.
The festival ends with Tony Gatlif's Transylvania, which stars screen siren Asia Argento. Gatlif, often referred to as a "gypsy filmmaker", won the Palme D'Or for Exils. Neither the opening or closing films are eligible for the top prize.
Cannes Film Festival 2006: Films in Competition
Pedro ALMODOVAR VOLVER 2h01
Andrea ARNOLD RED ROAD 1st Film 1h40
Lucas BELVAUX LA RAISON DU PLUS FAIBLE 1h30
Rachid BOUCHAREB INDIGENES 1h50
Nuri Bilge CEYLAN IKLIMLER 1h37
Sofia COPPOLA MARIE-ANTOINETTE 2h03
Pedro COSTA JUVENTUDE EM MARCHA 2h20
Guillermo DEL TORO EL LABERINTO DEL FAUNO (Pan's Labyrinth) 1h50
Bruno DUMONT FLANDRES 1h30
Nicole GARCIA SELON CHARLIE 2h20
Xavier GIANNOLI QUAND J'ETAIS CHANTEUR 1h50
Alejandro Gonzalez INARRITU BABEL 2h15
Aki KAURISMÃ„KI LAITAKAUPUNGIN VALOT 1h20
Richard KELLY SOUTHLAND TALES 2h31
Richard LINKLATER FAST FOOD NATION 1h44
Ken LOACH THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY 2h04
LOU Ye SUMMER PALACE 2h20
Nanni MORETTI IL CAIMANO 1h52
Paolo SORRENTINO L'AMICO DI FAMIGLIA 1h50
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