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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 16, 2009 at 10:10 AM

The Cannes lineup — from France to Seattle?

Word is getting out about this year’s lineup at the Cannes Film Festival, which begins May 13 and generally features many of the year’s prestige films. I’ve never attended this festival, which is so swanky apparently even the press have to bring formal attire, so my best hope for seeing these films is the same as yours: when/if they come to Seattle. Here’s a handful of the Cannes contenders, with likely Seattle dates:
— “Taking Woodstock,” Ang Lee’s latest, is set during the 1969 Woodstock music festival and stars Liev Schreiber, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (a former local) and Emile Hirsch. It tentatively opens in Seattle Aug. 14.
— Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds,” which really is spelled that way, is a World War II adventure starring Brad Pitt; it’ll be here August 21.
— The latest Pixar offering “Up,” which looks adorable (but don’t all Pixar movies?), will open the Cannes festival, and play here starting May 29.
— Francis Ford Coppola’s new film “Tetro,” shot in Argentina in black-and-white, looks likely to be in Cannes; it’ll play the Seattle International Film Festival June 10 and open here shortly afterwards.
— Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” follow-up, the horror film “Drag Me to Hell,” is likely to screen at Cannes as a midnight movie. It opens here May 29.
— A few other intriguing films that don’t have Seattle dates (or, in most cases, U.S. distribution) yet: Jane Campion’s “Bright Star,” about the romance between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne; Lars van Trier’s horror film “Antichrist,” starring the promising duo of Charlotte Rampling and Willem Dafoe; Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon,” about fascism in a German school in 1913; and Pedro Almodovar’s melodrama “Broken Embraces,” starring recent Oscar winner Penelope Cruz.

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