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Cannes adds ‘The Artist’ to its Competition

'Elena' will close Un Certain Regard

“The Artist,” directed by Michel Hazanavicius, has been added to the official competition at the Cannes Film Festival, making a total of 20 features vying for the Palme d’Or.

Black-and-white pic unfolds in Hollywood at the end of the silent era, with Jean Dujardin playing a star whose career is derailed by the talkies. U.S. cast is lead by John Goodman.

Hazanavicius is best known for the blockbusting Gallic spy spoofs “OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies” (2006) and 2009’s “OSS 117: Lost in Rio,” both of which also starred Dujardin.

Cannes fest also announced Wednesday that Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Elena” will close Un Certain Regard on May 21.

Russian helmer is best known for “The Return” and “The Banishment,” which took acting kudos at Cannes in 2007.

“Elena” concerns an elderly couple’s troubled marriage of convenience in contempo Russia.

Section’s jury, headed by Serbian helmer-actor Emir Kusturica, has been filled out with Tribeca Enterprises CEO Geoffrey Gilmore; Gallic thesp Elodie Bouchez; Daniela Michel, director of the Morelia Film Festival in Mexico; and Peter Bradshaw, film critic of the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper.