The Cannes Film Festival announced this morning it will get four hours of Che Guevara after all — not to mention additional Oscar bait from Clint Eastwood, Angelina Jolie and Charlie Kaufman in this year's competition program. As recently as last Friday, the Steven Soderbergh/Benicio Del Toro all-or-nothing two-fer of Guerrilla and The Argentine was looking doubtful for the Cannes deadline, but the festival announced this morning that it is indeed in. Out of competition, meanwhile, world premieres Indiana Jones 4 and Kung-Fu Panda will do battle for the honorary Jerry Seinfeld Award For Shameless Publicity Hijacking.
Che joins the Eastwood/Jolie mystery Changeling and Kaufman's mindfuck directorial debut Synecdoche, New York in one of the lighter American competition crops in years. The Weinsteins wrangled a non-competition spot for Vicky Cristina Barcelona, the putatively sexy ScarJo/P-Cruz/J-Bar menage a Woody that's also been on and off the program for the last few weeks. James Toback's documentary about Mike Tyson — imaginatively entitled Tyson — landed in the Un Certain Regard sidebar alongside compatriots Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy) and Antonio Campos (Afterschool). We're disappointed to see the Coen brothers and Focus Features were serious about skipping the fest with Burn After Reading, but still, our open request stands: Smuggle us over in your suitcase if you have room.
- Cannes unveils lineup [Variety]