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Lelouch ‘Ladies’ to end Cannes

Irons, Kaas star in Anglo-French co-prod'n

LONDON — Claude Lelouch’s “And Now, Ladies and Gentlemen” will close this year’s Cannes Film Festival on May 26.

The 12-day fest has yet to make its official announcement, but sources confirmed that the Anglo-French co-production starring Jeremy Irons and Patricia Kaas will bring down the curtain.

The film, shot in France, Morocco and the U.K., unspools mostly in French, with some English where the plot dictates. Described by Lelouch as “a love story between a man and a woman who have had it with love,” it’s a mixture of romance and thriller, with musical and supernatural elements. Cast also includes Yvan Attal, Claudia Cardinale and Thierry Lhermitte.

Paramount Classics recently picked up all English-speaking rights to the movie, Lelouch’s 38th outing as a director (Daily Variety, March 12).

Produced by Lelouch’s Les Films 13, with the U.K.’s Poster Pictures, pic is being sold internationally by the director’s own sales company, Films 26.

Jury’s in

In separate news, three actresses and five directors will join prexy David Lynch on Cannes’ Feature Film Competition jury, it was announced Wednesday.

Mirroring last year’s jury composition, and confirming a growing trend of recent years, there are no writers, critics or artists from other disciplines among the nine members.

Sharon Stone, veteran Indonesian actress-producer Christine Hakim and Malaysian-born Hong Kong action star Michelle Yeoh (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) make up the distaff side of the jury.

France is repped by three directors — Claude Miller (“Class Trip”), Regis Wargnier (“Indochine”) and Chilean-born Raoul Ruiz (“Comedy of Innocence”) — with Danish helmer Bille August (“Pelle the Conqueror”) and Brazil’s Walter Salles (“Central Station”) completing the heavyweight lineup of directing talent.

The Cannes fest runs May 15-26.

(Liza Klaussmann in Paris and Derek Elley in London contributed to this report.)

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