May 18, 2009 / 10:44 AM / 10 years ago

FACTBOX: Films in competition as Cannes hits halfway

(Reuters) - The Cannes film festival hits halfway on Monday.

The following competition films, named with the directors and their place of birth, have been screened so far.

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FISH TANK/Andrea Arnold (Britain) - Mia, 15, sees her world turned upside down when her mother brings home a new boyfriend.

SPRING FEVER/Lou Ye (China) - A woman hires a man to spy on a passionate homosexual relationship her husband is involved in.

BRIGHT STAR/Jane Campion (New Zealand) - John Keats begins a secret affair with Fanny Brawne in 19th century London. The romance deepens as their troubles mount.

THIRST/Park Chan-Wook (South Korea) - Actor Song Kang-ho plays a priest who becomes a vampire during a medical experiment and who is seduced by a bored housewife bent on murder.

A PROPHET/Jacques Audiard (France) - Malik is sentenced to six years in prison, and must use every ounce of his ingenuity to survive the dangerous rivalry between gangs.

TAKING WOODSTOCK/Ang Lee (Taiwan) - Elliot Tiber invites the Woodstock concert to his neighbor’s farm. His family struggles to cope with the hippies, hangers-on and half a million fans.

KINATAY/Brillante Mendoza (Philippines) - Peping, a criminology student, joins his friend on a mission to earn some cash but regrets his decision as events turn sour.

VENGEANCE/Johnnie To (Hong Kong) - French rocker Johnny Hallyday plays a chef with a mysterious past who goes to Macau swearing revenge after his daughter and her family are attacked.

LOOKING FOR ERIC/Ken Loach (Britain) - It takes a spliff and soccer star Eric Cantona to encourage Manchester postman Eric to face up to his past and his fears.

ANTICHRIST/Lars von Trier (Denmark) - Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg play a couple whose son dies in an accident. Events spiral out of control when they go to an isolated cabin to try to recover.

Source: Reuters

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