Tarantino back in Cannes with Almodovar, Campion

Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:52pm EDT
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By James Mackenzie

PARIS (Reuters) - Quentin Tarantino returns to Cannes as part of a group of familiar faces at the world's biggest film festival that includes Pedro Almodovar, Ken Loach and New Zealand's Jane Campion.

Tarantino presents his long-awaited World War Two caper "Inglourious Basterds" starring Brad Pitt in the 20-strong main competition line-up announced by festival director Thierry Fremaux on Thursday.

The festival will also showcase the last film performance by Heath Ledger in the Terry Gilliam fantasy "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus." Ledger died mid-shoot last year and his part was completed by Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell.

Tarantino, who won the Palme d'Or for "Pulp Fiction" in 1994, will be up against previous Cannes winners including Loach, who presents "Looking for Eric" starring Eric Cantona about a postman looking for life lessons from the former France and Manchester United soccer star.

Campion, the first woman to win the Palme d'Or with the 1993 film "The Piano," is showing "Bright Star" about the 19th century English poet John Keats.

Spanish director Almodovar, who has not won the top prize yet, brings an emotional drama called "Broken Embraces," which stars his longtime favorite Penelope Cruz.

The 62nd edition of the festival will open for the first time with an animated feature when "Up," a 3-D comedy directed by one of the creators of "Toy Story," kicks off proceedings at the opening ceremony on May 13.

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<p>U.S. director Quentin Tarantino poses as he attends a photocall before giving a cinema master class at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 22, 2008. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard</p>