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Cannes Announces 2011 Slate, "The Beaver" a Surprise Addition

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Mel Gibson stars a man who tries to claw his way out of a pit of depression by communicating with others by way of a beaver hand puppet he found in a dumpster. Directed by Jodie Foster, who also co-stars alongside Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence and Cherry Jones. The film arrives in the spring of 2011.

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Who's happier than Mel Gibson about today's announcement that "The Beaver" is being shown at this year's Cannes Film Festival?

The full list of film's was announced this morning, and Gibson's "The Beaver," directed by and co-starring Jodie Foster, will be shown alongside the latest from the likes of Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodovar, Woody Allen, Lars Von Triers and Gus Van Sant.

But the name that caught us most off guard is Nicholas Winding Refn, whose film "Drive," starring Ryan Gosling as a stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway drive. We've been waiting for what seems like an eternity for this one. 

The 2011 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 11 to May 22. Below is the official poster (a huge upgrade after last year's), as well as the complete list of films.

Opening Film
Midnight In Paris, dir. Woody Allen (Out of Competition)

Competition
The Skin I Live In, dir. Pedro Almodovar
House of Tolerance (L’apollonide - Souvenirs de la maison close), dir. Bertrand Bonello
Pater, dir. Alain Cavalier
Footnote, dir. Joseph Cedar
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu ), dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan
The Kid With A Bike (Le Gamin Au Velo), dirs. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Le Havre, dir. Aki Kaurismaki
Hanezu No Tsuki, dir. Naomi Kawase
Sleeping Beauty, dir. Julia Leigh
Poliss, dir. Maiwenn
The Tree of Life, dir. Terrence Malick
La Source des Femmes, dir. Radu Mihaileanu
Hara-kiri: Death Of A Samurai, dir. Takashi Miike
We Have a Pope (Habemus Papum), dir. Nanni Moretti
We Need to Talk About Kevin, dir. Lynne Ramsay
Michael, dir. Markus Schleinzer
This Must Be The Place, dir. Paolo Sorrentino
Melancholia, dir. Lars Von Trier
Drive, dir. Nicolas Winding Refn

Out Of Competition
The Conquest, dir. Xavier Durringer
The Beaver, dir. Jodie Foster
The Artist, dir. Michel Hazanavicius
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, dir. Rob Marshall

Un Certain Regard
Restless, dir. Gus Van Sant [opening film]
The Hunter, dir. Bakur Bakuradeze
Halt auf freier Strecke, dir. Andreas Dresen
Hors Satan, dir. Bruno Dumont
Martha Marcy May Marlene, dir. Sean Durkin
The Snows of Kilamanjaro, dir. Robert Guedeguian
Skoonheid, dir. Oliver Hermanus
The Day He Arrives, dir. Hong Sang-soo
Bonsai, dir. Cristian Jimenez
Tatsumi, dir. Eric Koo
Arirang, dir. Kim Ki-duk
Where Do We Go Now?, dir. Nadine Labaki
Loverboy, dir. Catalin Mitulescu
Yellow Sea, dir. Na Hong-jin
Miss Bala, dir. Gerardo Naranjo
Trabalhar Cansa, dirs. Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra
L’exercice de l’etat, dir. Pierre Schoeller
Toomelah, dir. Ivan Sen
Oslo, August 31, dir. Joachim Trier

Midnight Screenings
Wu Xia, dir. Chan Peter Ho-Sun
Dias De Gracia, dir. Tekla Taidelli

Related Topics Cannes, The Beaver, Drive
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