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

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    NEWSLETTERS

    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.

    "The Beaver"

    [NATL] "The Beaver"
    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.

    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.

    Gus Van Sant's "Restless," Starring Mia Wasikowska, Coming This Fall

    [NATL] "Restless"
    Sony Picture Classics will be releasing this film about a terminally ill teenager, played Mia Wasikowska, who falls for a boy, played by Henry "Son of Dennis" Hopper, who likes to attend funerals, and their encounters with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII.

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

    "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" Setting Sail for Cannes

    [NATL] "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"
    After making its world premiere May 7 at Disneyland, Johnny Depp's fourth adventure as Capt. Jack Sparrow will head off to the south of France, where it will join Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" and Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life" as part of the Cannes Film Festival official selections.

    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

    "Tree of Life"

    [NATL] "Tree of Life"
    Director Terrence Malick's log-anticipated film about Jack (played in adulthood by Sean Penn), the eldest son of Midwestern parents (Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain) in the '50s. The film opens May 27.

    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