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Joffe’s ‘Lover’ joins Cannes

WB release will be part of official competition

The ranks of Hollywood studio pictures in the Cannes Film Festival has been bolstered by the addition of Roland Joffe’s “Goodbye, Lover,” a Warner Bros. release from Regency Enterprises that will be screened as part of the official competition.

Comic thriller about an insurance fraud scheme stars Patricia Arquette, Dermot Mulroney, Ellen DeGeneres, Mary-Louise Parker and Don Johnson, and is skedded for domestic release in September. Regency and exec producer Arnon Milchan were at Cannes last year with “L.A. Confidential.”

The U.S. is well repped on the jury, with president Martin Scorsese and actresses Winona Ryder and Sigourney Weaver set for a panel that also includes Euro actresses Lena Olin and Chiara Mastroianni, Chinese helmer Chen Kaige, French director Alain Corneau, Cuban-born French resident writer Zoe Valdez and MC Solaar, a 29-year-old French “rappeur” from Senegal of Chadian descent. One more jury member remains to be selected.

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