Eastwood and Allen showing films at Cannes

Wed Apr 23, 2008 8:42am EDT
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By James Mackenzie

PARIS (Reuters) - Clint Eastwood and Woody Allen will be among high-profile U.S. directors at this year's Cannes film festival, where Hollywood will also be on show with the world premiere of the latest Indiana Jones adventure.

Unveiling the line-up for the 61st edition of the world's biggest film festival, which runs from May 14-25, organizers said there was a feeling that "a new cycle was beginning" after the widely hailed success of last year's event.

"It won't have escaped you that the selection process was long, complicated and quite difficult," Thierry Fremaux, the festival's head, told a news conference that was delayed from an originally scheduled date last week.

He said the presence of Steven Spielberg and the stars of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," which will premiere outside the main competition, would ensure "a magnificent red carpet."

Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett and George Lucas are expected to join Spielberg on the steps outside the Palais des Festivals, guaranteeing the kinds of flashing cameras that add essential glamour to the festival's arthouse fare.

Fans crowding the Croisette will also be hoping for glimpses of Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem who star in Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

But there should be plenty of familiar names in the main competition, as well.


<p>Director and actor Clint Eastwood arrives for the American Film Institute's 40th anniversary event featuring screenings of classic films in Hollywood, California October 3, 2007. Clint Eastwood and Woody Allen will be among American directors showing their work at this year's Cannes film festival, where the latest Indiana Jones adventure will also premiere, organisers said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>