'Blueberry Nights' to launch festivities

PARIS — Cannes this year will be an open-and-shut case for Studio Canal.

Company’s international sales slate includes the Cannes Film Festival’s opening night and closing night films, Wong Kar Wai’s in competition “My Blueberry Nights,” which will launch festivities on the Croisette May 16, and Denys Arcand’s “The Age of Ignorance,” screening out of competition on closing night May 27.

Emir Kusturica’s competition title “Promise Me This” and Chinese helmer Li Yang’s Un Certain Regard selected “Blind Mountain” bring to four the number of Studio Canal titles in the Official Selection.

The company will also be touting some high profile projects that are in production or post, including Mathieu Kassovitz English-language Vin Diesel starrer “Babylon AD,” currently shooting in the Czech Republic; “His Majesty Minor,” Jean-Jacques Annaud’s ancient history comic fable starring Jose Garcia and Vincent Cassel (now in post); “Julia,” the first English-language film by “The Dreamlife of Angels” helmer Eric Zonca, which stars Tilda Swinton; and Amos Gitai’s “Disengagement” with Juliette Binoche and Jeanne Moreau.

Other new fare includes two in-production titles: “Rivals,” a cop thriller starring Guillaume Canet and Francois Cluzet, and “Baby(ies),” a docu about babies in different parts of the world, produced by Alain Chabat.

The slate also contains a handful of post production pics including Cedric Klapisch’s “Paris,” an ensembler with Romain Duris and Binoche set in the French capital; “Gloss,” which takes place in the Russian mafia and fashion worlds; and the French pics “Game of Four,” a comedy about two couples, and “It Had to Be You,” a romantic comedy with Marie Gillain.

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