Cannes announces film lineup, India no show again

Paris: The 64th Cannes film festival, to run from May 11 to 22, will screen 49 features from 33 countries, but India is conspicuous with it`s absence from the list.

There is no Indian entry in the 19 films which will compete for the top Palm d`Or, the festival`s most coveted prize.

After a showing last year with Vikramaditya Motwane`s `Udaan`, India has again failed to mark it`s presence. The film came after an uncomfortably long dry patch of several years when the world`s largest producer of films was not to be seen at Cannes at all.

The festival`s official lineup was announced at noon today in Paris by the General Delegate, Thierry Fremaux.

"Great filmmakers make great films and the Festival de Cannes welcomes them with open arms," he told a press conference in Paris before announcing the selections.

The legendary American actor, Robert De Niro, will preside over the jury, whose other members will be announced next week.

Woody Allen`s `Midnight in Paris`, starring the French First Lady, Carla Brunei, Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard and Adrien Brody will kick start the Festival on the French Riviera on May 11.


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