Factbox: Ten films to look out for at Cannes

Fri May 6, 2011 11:10am EDT
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(Reuters) - The Cannes film festival opens on May 11 and runs until May 22. There are 20 movies in the main competition, but many out-of-competition pictures will generate just as much, if not more, interest.

Following are 10 films likely to create a splash this year:

1. "The Tree of Life" (in competition)

- Directed by U.S. film maker Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life has taken on almost mythical status among European festival regulars due to its long gestation period and the secrecy surrounding its release.

A brief synopsis and trailer is all most have seen of the director's fifth feature, and mysterious cosmic images suggest the narrative may go beyond normal human experience.

Brad Pitt plays the father and Sean Penn his grown-up son Jack, described in the synopsis as a "lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life."

Malick, 67, previously directed movies including "Days of Heaven" and "The Thin Red Line."

2. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

- Johnny Depp's fourth outing as Jack Sparrow in the hugely successful pirate franchise may not be to the liking of serious-minded cineastes in Cannes, but Hollywood blockbusters bring the glitz, glamour and buzz that festivals thrive on.   Continued...

<p>Jessica Chastain and Tye Sheridan in a scene from 'The Tree of Life'. REUTERS/Fox Searchlight</p>