14 Films Buzzing at Cannes

Film festival starts today
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2010 11:14 AM CDT
14 Films Buzzing at Cannes
In this film publicity image released by Universal Pictures,Cate Blanchett, left and Russell Crowe are shown in a scene from "Robin Hood."   (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, David Appleby)

The Cannes Film Festival opens today with the premiere of Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood. Despite that high-profile event, the festival lineup offers fewer household names this year, the AP reports. Only one US film is in the running for the top prize: Doug Liman’s Fair Game, based on Valerie Plame’s CIA identity leak. The Daily Beast runs down the 14 most buzzed-about films of the festival:

  • Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Biutiful: Starring Javier Bardem, this Spanish-language thriller about a criminal who runs into a childhood friend-turned-cop is already generating Oscar buzz.

  • Charles Ferguson’s Inside Job: Chosen for a special screening at Cannes, this Matt Damon-narrated documentary focuses on the global financial meltdown.
  • Gregg Araki’s Kaboom: The sci-fi thriller/murder mystery has been called a “hyper-stylized Twin Peaks for the Coachella generation.”
  • Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps: This highly anticipated sequel starring Michael Douglas and Shia LaBeouf has been pushed back multiple times.
  • Hideo Nakata’s Chatroom: A cyberthriller from Nakata, who was behind the original Japanese version of The Ring.
For the complete list, click here. (More Cannes Film Festival stories.)

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