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What's being shown at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival

Here's a look at the films competing at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, along with a list of films appearing out of competition:

"My Blueberry Nights," directed by Kar Wai Wong

The first English-language film from the acclaimed director of "In the Mood for Love" stars Norah Jones as a woman traveling the U.S. as a contestant in pie-eating contests and who, like all of Wong's heroes, is looking for love. Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Natalie Portman, and David Strathairn co-star.

"Auf der Anderen Seite (Edge of Heaven)," directed by Fatih Akin

This drama concerns a young Muslim living in Germany who tries to find the daughter of his father's Turkish girlfriend after the older woman passes away. He doesn't know that the daughter is already in Germany, facing deportation. Starring Baki Davrak, Nurgl Yescilay and Tuncel Kurtiz.

"Une Vieille Maitresse (An Old Mistress)," directed by Catherine Breillat

Breillat, best known for the controversial, sexually explicit films "Romance" and "Fat Girl," embarks on a different path with this period drama set in 19th-century Paris. A man becomes engaged to an aristocratic woman despite his longtime affair with a courtesan (Asia Argento), a secret arrangement that's sure to cause a scandal if revealed. With Fouad Ait Aattou, Claude Sarraute, Yolande Moreau and Michael Lonsdale.

"No Country for Old Men," by Joel & Ethan Coen

The Coen brothers won Cannes' highest award in 1991 for their dark comedy "Barton Fink." This time they've adapted Cormac McCarthy's novel of the same title about a hunter (Josh Brolin) who finds several dead bodies and $2 million in drug money in the desert near the Rio Grande. The discovery puts him squarely in the sights of a ruthless killer (Javier Bardem) who has recently escaped prison and is putting a growing number of people into their graves. With Tommy Lee Jones, Stephen Root and Woody Harrelson.

"Zodiac," directed by David Fincher

This well-received film, released in the U.S. in March, is based on the true story of the killer who terrorized San Francisco in the late 1960s and early 1970s. "Zodiac" follows three men whose lives become intertwined with the case, which damages their lives in different ways as leads turn into dead ends and the pursuit of the killer becomes an obsession. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox and Chloe Sevigny.

"We Own the Night," directed by James Gray

Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg and Robert Duvall star in this crime drama about a nightclub owner in the 1980s who's caught in the middle of a war between New York cops and the bold, ruthless Russian mob. With Eva Mendes and Tony Musante.

"Mogari No Mori (The Mourning Forest)," directed by Naomi Kawase

Haunted by the death of her child, a nursing home worker decides to take an elderly resident she has befriended to visit his wife's grave and discovers that the old man has written letters to his lost companion every day for more than 30 years in this gentle drama from Japan. Starring Machiko Ono and Shigeki Uda.

"Breath," directed by Kim Ki-duk

A sculptor trapped in a dull marriage finds herself becoming obsessed with a death-row inmate in this drama that's laced with quirky humor from director Kim ("Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ... and Spring"). Starring Chang Chen, Zia and Ha Jeong-woo.

"Promise Me This," directed by Emir Kusturica

An old man prays that his unmarried son will find a wife when the younger man embarks on a trip to the city in this film from Serbian actor-director Kusturica, who has twice won the festival's top award, the Golden Palm. Starring Miki Manojlovic, Aleksandar Bercek and Ljiljana Blagojevic.

"Secret Sunshine," directed by Chang-dong Lee

A shy widow moves with her son to a remote village and establishes a hesitant connection with a local mechanic, but tragedy takes her down a different path in this film that combines elements of drama, thrills and comedy in a uniquely Korean, genre-bending way. Starring Jeon Do-yeon and Song Kang-ho.

"4 Luni, 3 Saptamini si 2 Zile (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days)," directed by Cristian Mungui

A drama set in the waning years of Romanian dictator Nicolas Ceausescu's regime, "4 Months" tells the story of a young student who becomes pregnant and must rely on her friends to help get her an abortion at a time when all forms of birth control are outlawed.

"Tehilim," directed by Raphaël Nadjari

The father of an Israeli family disappears after a car accident and members of the family try to cope with his mysterious absence. The adults find solace in prayer and solitude, but the children decide they're going to find their lost parent. Starring Michael Moshonov, Limor Goldstein and Yonathan Alster.

"Stellet Licht," directed by Carlos Reygadas

Set in the little-known world of Mexican Mennonites, "Stellet Licht" tells the story of a married man named Jakob who, much to his torment, falls in love with another woman. Shot in the old Germanic language of Plautdeitsch and starring a cast of non-professional actors.

"Persepolis," by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud (first film)

Adapted from the acclaimed graphic novel, this black-and-white animated feature recounts Satrapi's experiences growing up in Iran after the fundamentalist revolution of 1979 created a more repressive nation and a climate of fear among educated Iranians. Featuring the voices of Gena Rowlands and Catherine Deneuve.

"La Schaphandre et la Papillon," directed by Julian Schnabel

This drama is based on a memoir by Jean-Dominique Bauby, who suffered a stroke was left with a chronic condition known as "locked-in syndrome" that left him utterly immobile. The film looks at the world through his eyes as Bauby (Mathieu Amalric) tries to do the simplest things many take for granted. With Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze and Jean-Pierre Cassel.

"Import Export," directed by Ulrich Schnabel

A young Ukrainian woman emigrates from East to West, a young tough from Vienna does the opposite and both find their new lives aren't any easier in this drama from Austrian director Seidl. Starring Ekaterina Rak, Nataljia Baranova, Paul Hoffmann and Michael Thomas.

"Death Proof," directed by Quentin Tarantino

Part of a two-film package released in the U.S. under the title "Grindhouse," this horror movie stars Kurt Russell as a serial killer named Stuntman Mike who dispatches his victims with his souped-up muscle car. His luck changes, though, when meets a group of tough women determined to stop him. With Zoe Bell, Rosario Dawson, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Rose McGowan and Tracie Thoms.

"The Man from London," directed by Béla Tarr

After witnessing a murder, a lonely switchman at an oceanside railway station discovers a suitcase full of money and a whole lot of problems that accompany his find in this thriller adapted from a novel by French author Georges Simenon. Starring Tilde Swanton, Mir Slav Robot and Janos Derzsi.

"Paranoid Park," directed by Gus Van Sent

A teenage skateboarder accidentally kills a security guard and must decide whether to face the consequences what Van Sant describes as "'Crime and Punishment set in high school.'" Filmed around the director's native Portland, Ore. with a cast of local non-professional actors.

"Izgnanie (The Banishment)," directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

The latest film from the director of the Russian art house hit "The Return" looks to be as enigmatic and visually striking as the first film. See the trailer and you'll be enticed, but told little about the movie's actual storyline. Starring Konstantin Lavronenko and Maria Bonnevie.

"L'Age des Ténèbres," by Denys Arcand (out of competition, closing film)

A Walter Mitty-like civil servant conjures a rich fantasy life to make his drab existence bearable in this comedy that completes director Arcand's trilogy that began in 1986 with "The Decline of the American Empire." Starring Marc Labreche, Diane Kruger and Rufus Wainwright.

"Alexandra," directed by Alexander Sokourov

A drama about a Russian woman who visits her grandson, a military officer stationed in the Chechen Republic. Spending time among the soldiers, the old woman is surprised to find how grim and emotionally cold the soldiers' lives are as they face the possibility of dying at any moment.

"Les Chansons d'Amour (Love Songs)," directed by Christophe Honoré

A small-scale French film from novelist-playwright Honoré, whose previous films, including the sex-filled "Ma Mere," attracted their share of controversy. Starring Louis Garrel, Ludivine Sagnier and Clotilde Hesme.



"A Mighty Heart," U.K., Michael Winterbottom

Angelina Jolie stars in this drama about Daniel Pearl (Dan Futterman), the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and killed in Pakistan in 2002. Jolie stars as Pearl's widow Mariane, who wrote the memoir on which the movie is based.

"Ocean's Thirteen," Steven Soderbergh

The second sequel to the caper film "Ocean's Eleven" adds Al Pacino to the mix as Billy Ocean (George Clooney) and his pals (Brad Pitt, Matt Damon) team up with an old nemesis (Andy Garcia) to rob a hated casino mogul. With Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac and Elliott Gould,

"Sicko," Michael Moore

Filmmaker/provocateur Moore takes on the U.S. health care industry in what promises to be another incendiary documentary from the man who made "Bowling for Columbine" and "Fahrenheit 9/11."


"Am ende kommen touristen," Germany, Robert Thalheim

"L'Avocat de la terreur," France, Barbet Schroeder

"El Bano del papa," Uruguay, Enrique Fernandez and Cesar Charlone

"Bikur Hatizmoret," Israel, Eran Kolirin

"California Dreamin'," Romania, Cristian Nemescu

"Calle Santa Fe," Chile, Carmen Castillo

"Et toi, t'es sur qui?," France, Lola Doillon

"Kuaile Gongchang," Thailand, Ekachai Uekrongtham

"Magnus," Estonia-U.K., Kadri Kousaar

"Mang Shan," China, Li Yang

"Mio fratello e figlio unico," Italy, Daniele Luchetti

"Mister Lonely," U.S., Harmony Korine

"Munyurangabo," U.S., Lee Isaac Chung

"Night Train," China, Diao Yi'nan

"Les Pieuvres," France, Celine Sciamma

"Le Reve de la nuit d'avant," France, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi

"La Soledad," Spain, Jaime Rosales


"11th Hour," U.S., Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners

"He Fengming," China, Wang Bing

"Retour en Normandie," France, Nicolas Philibert

"The War," U.S., Ken Burns


"Boxes," France, Jane Birkin

"One Hundred Nails," Italy, Ermanno Olmi

"Roman de gare," France, Claude Lelouch

"Ulzhan," Germany, Volker Schlondorff


"Brando," U.S., Mimi Freedman and Leslie Greif

"Lindsay Anderson, Never Apologize," U.S., Mike Kaplan

"Maurice pialat l'amour existe," France, Anne-Marie Faux and Jean-Pierre Devillers

"Pierre Rissient," U.S, Todd McCarthy


"Ah Ma," Singapore, Anthony Chen

"Ark," Poland, Grzegorz Jonkajtys

"The Last 15," U.S, Antonio Campos

"Looking Glass," Sweden, Erik Rosenlund

"My Dear Rosseta," South Korea, Yang Hae-hoon

"My Sister," The Netherlands, Marco Van Geffen

"The Oate's Valor," U.S., Tim Thaddeus Cahill

"Resistance aux tremblements," France, Olivier Hems

"Run," New Zealand, Mark Albiston

"To onoma tou spourgitiou," Cyprus, Kyros Papavassiliou

"Ver Llover," Mexico, Elisa Miller