Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai's "My
Blueberry Nights" will open this year's Cannes Film Festival on May 16.
BEIJING, April 21 -- Chinese director-cum-actor
Jiang Wen's "Sun Also Rise" was surprisingly taken off from the final lineup of
the 60th Festival de Cannes, which was announced on Thursday night.
Jiang Wen and his wife Zhou Yun are in the leading
roles of the film.
The movie which took one year to make and cost 10
million U.S. dollars is Jiang's third directorial production. He had hoped that
"Sun Also Rise" would be competing for the Golden Palm Award. He earlier
announced that the film's editing would be completed a month ahead of schedule.
Besides "Sun Also Rise", another Chinese director
Wang Xiaoshuai's movie "Left Right" also failed to make it into the Cannes'
Sources say that the "Left Right" had not yet passed
the examination of the Film Bureau, and in this way it couldn't compete at
There is some good news though as Hong Kong director
Wong Kar Wai's "My Blueberry Nights" has been confirmed to open the festival on
As Wong's first English production, "Blueberry" tells
the story of a young girl, who arrives in America looking for true love. The
film stars big names like Norah Jones, Jude Law and Natalie Portman.
Wong says that he felt very honored that his film
would open the festival. He is looking forward to the 60th birthday celebration
of the film festival. He says that because this is his first English film, it
means a lot to him and he thinks it's also the pride of Hong Kong filming
In the meantime, Hong Kong actress Maggie Cheung has
been invited to be a judge during the festival, and mainland director Jia
Zhangke has been invited to be the president of the short film awards.