Cannes Festival Heavy on Auteurs

The lineup is in, and film buffs with overstuffed wallets are probably already booking their plane tickets to Paris. This year’s Festival de Cannes is heavy on modern auteurs and highly-anticipated flicks, with premieres from Ang Lee, Pedro Almodovar, Quentin Tarantino, Lars Von Trier, and Terry Gilliam among the highlights. Among the most-hyped include Inglourious Basterds, Tarantino’s WWII drama, and Gilliam’s fantasy epic The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, which marks Heath Ledger’s final role. Closing the fest, which runs in mid-May, will be Jan Kounen's Coco Chanel biopic.