The revolution will be screened at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

After weeks of indecision and, one presumes, all-nighters in the editing room, Steven Soderbergh’s two-part Che Guevara biopic – The Argentine and Guerrilla – is ready to rock-and-roll on the Riviera. Believed to be a return-to-form for the noodling filmmaker, the movies should at least garner considerable acclaim for Benicio Del Toro, who stars as the controversial fomenter of third world unrest and resistance. And while Soderbergh has been no stranger to the fest over the years (e.g. he dropped in last year with a special screening of Ocean’s Thirteen), he actually hasn’t had an in-competition entry since 1993’s King of the Hill. (Of course, Soderbergh became Soderbergh when he won the Palme d’Or for Sex, Lies and Videotape in 1989 over the vastly more deserving Do the Right Thing.)

The only other American films making the French fest’s final competition cut are Clint Eastwood’s Changeling (a 1920s-set kidnapping thriller starring Angelina Jolie) and Charlie Kaufman’s long-awaited feature directing debut, Synecdoche, New York (an indescribable jumble of potential awesome starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman and lots of talented women – e.g. Hope Davis, Catherine Keener, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Dianne Wiest, Samantha Morton, Emily Watson, Michelle Williams and Apollonia).

The other big-ticket American offerings – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Kung Fu Panda and Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona (which, it must repeatedly be noted, features a steamy lesbian sex scene between Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson) – will premiere out-of-competition. Most likely to be better than any of the aforementioned titles, however, is the Un Certain Regard entry from director Kelly Reichardt, Wendy and Lucy. Thanks for not taking twelve years in between features this time, Kelly! (And if you haven’t seen Old Joy, remedy that immediately.) The other notable U.S. debut is Jennifer Lynch’s Surveillance, which, rather predictably, has landed in the bizarro world of the Midnight Screenings.

Back to the competition slate… two-time Palme d’Or winners Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne will return to prick the conscience with The Silence of Lorna (go ahead and pencil that one in as the favorite). Other noteworthy filmmakers (i.e. folks I like) vying for the top prize are Atom Egoyan (Adoration), Arnaud Desplechin (Un Conte de noel) and Lucretia Martel (La Mujer sin cabeza). Wim Wenders will try to matter again with The Palermo Shooting.

Of the rest, I’m most looking forward to James Toback’s Tyson (a documentary on the disgraced former heavyweight champion of the world) and Tokyo! (a “cinematic tryptich” from Bong Joon-ho, Michel Gondry and MIA auteur Leos Carax). Also (hopefully) worth seeing: Wong Kar-Wai’s Ashes of Time Redux, Terence Davies Liverpool documentary, Of Time and the City, Na Hong-jin’s The Chaser and Marina Zenovich’s well-received Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.

Sucks to not be going. Again. Here’s the full list (copy-and-pasted from Variety!):


“24 City,” China, Jia Zhangke
“Adoration,” Canada, Atom Egoyan
“Changeling,” U.S., Clint Eastwood
“Che” (“The Argentine,” “Guerrilla,”) Spain, Steven Soderbergh
“Un Conte de noel,” France, Arnaud Desplechin
“Daydreams,” Turkey, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
“Delta,” Germany-Hungary, Kornel Mundruczo
“Il Divo,” Paolo Sorrentino, Italy
“Gomorra,” Italy, Matteo Garrone
“La Frontiere de l’aube,” France, Philippe Garrel
“Leonera,” Argentina-South Korea, Pablo Trapero
“Linha de Passe,” Brazil, Walter Salles, Daniela Thomas
“La Mujer sin cabeza,” Argentina, Lucrecia Martel
“My Magic,” Singapore, Eric Khoo
“The Palermo Shooting,” Germany, Wim Wenders
“Serbis,” Philippines, Brillante Mendoza
“The Silence of Lorna,” U.K.-France, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
“Synecdoche, New York,” U.S., Charlie Kaufman
“Waltz With Bashir,” Israel, Ari Folman


“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” U.S., Steven Spielberg
“Kung Fu Panda,” U.S., Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
“The Good, the Bad, the Weird,” South Korea, Kim Jee-woon
“Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” U.S.-Spain, Woody Allen


“Maradona,” Spain-France, Emir Kusturica
“Surveillance,” U.S., Jennifer Lynch
“The Chaser,” South Korea, Na Hong-jin


“Ashes of Time Redux,” China, Wong Kar-wai
“Of Time and the City,” U.K., Terence Davies
“Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” U.S.-U.K., Marina Zenovich
“Sangue Pazzo” (Crazy Blood), Italy-France, Marco Tullio Giordana


“The Third Wave,” U.S., Alison Thompson


“A festa da menina morta,” Brazil, Matheus Nachtergaele
“Afterschool,” Antonio Campos
“De Ofrivilliga,” Sweden, Ruben Ostlund
“Je veux voir,” France, Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
“Johnny Mad Dog,” France, Jean-Stephane Sauvaire
“La vie moderne (profiles paysans)”, France, Raymond Depardon
“Los Bastardos,” Mexico, Amat Escalante
“Milh handha al-bahr,” (Salt of This Sea), Palestine, Annemarie Jacir
“O’ Horten,” Norway-Germany, Bent Hamer
“Soi Cowboy,” Thomas Clay
“Tin Che,” (Parking), Chung Mong-Hong
“Tokyo!,” France, Japan, Bong Joon-ho, Michel Gondry, Leos Carax
“Tokyo Sonata,” Japan, Kiyoshi Kurosawa
“Tulpan,” Germany, Sergey Dvortsevoy
“Tyson,” U.S., James Toback
“Versailles,” France, Pierre Schoeller
“Wendy and Lucy,” U.S., Kelly Reichardt
“Wolke 9” (Cloud Nine), Germany, Andreas Dresen
“Yi ban haishui, yi ban huoyan,” Fendou Liu


“Ba Yue Shi Wu,” U.S., Jiang Xuan
“Blind Spot,” France, Johanna Bessiere, Cecile Dubois Herry, Simon Rouby, Nicolas Chauvelot, Olivier Clert, Yvon Jardel
“Et dans mon coeur, j’emporterai…,” Belgium, Yoon Sung-A
“Forbach,” France, Claire Burger
“Gata,” Russia, Diana Mkrtchyan
“Gestern in Eden,” Germany, Jan Speckenbach
“Himnon” (Anthem), Israel, Elad Keidan
“Illusion Dwellers,” U.K., Rob Ellender
“Interior. Scara de bloc,” Romania, Ciprian Alexandrescu
“Kestomerkitsijat,” Finland, Juho Kuosmanen
“The Maid,” U.S., Heidi Saman
“Naus,” Czech Republic, Lukas Glaser
“O Som E O Resto,” Brazil, Andre Lavaquial
“El Reloj,” Argentina, Marco Berger
“Shtika” (Silence), Israel, Hadar Morag
“Stop,” South Korea, Park Jae-ok
“This Is a Story About Ted and Alice,” U.S., Teressa Tunney