I’m usually bummed to miss Cannes each year — I’ve never been, and without a good way to foot the bill I’m not sure I’ll be going any time soon. But this year is going to positively kill me. Look at the lineup below and tell me you wouldn’t chew off your mother’s foot to go. Even with the undersanding that all these films will hit other festivals and (hopefully!) general release within a year, to see them all at once? That’s seventeen happy endings in one.

Note that this is only a partial list, and not all of these will be at the fest or in competition. But this is what 2009 is looking like, and it’s fucking amazing.

EDIT: Much of this info comes from Screen Daily, and thanks to The Playlist (who have their own great list up) for chiding me about not properly linking it on the first pass.

Broken Embraces (Pedro Almodovar)
Antichrist (Lars Von Trier)
The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke)
Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)
Bright Star (Jane Campion)
Taking Woodstock (Ang Lee)
The Limits of Control (Jim Jarmusch)
Forgiveness (Todd Solondz)
A Serious Man (Joel and Ethan Coen)
The Girlfriend Experience (Steven Soderbergh)
The Informant (Steven Soderbergh)
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Terry Gilliam)
Ondine (Neil Jordan)
Agora (Alejandro Amenabar)
Looking For Eric (Ken Loach)
White Material (Claire Denis)
Enter the Void (Gaspar Noe)
Thirst (Park Chan-wook)
Face (Tsai Ming-liang)
Vengeance (Johnny To)
Nymph (Pen-ek Ratanaruang)
Mother (Bong Joon Ho)