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Cannes Offers Toons, Scares and Sneaks

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Cannes Offers Toons, Scares and Sneaks

The Cannes International Film Festival made its lineup official today, with there being more than a few reasons for fans of animation and genre movies to trek across the Atlantic.

Following up the opening night premiere of Pixar’s Up, the Korean vampire film Bakjwi (Thirst), directed by Chan-Wook Park, is playing in competition.

Former Monty Python member and animator Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus plays out of competition and features the final performance from Heath Ledger.

And in the midnight screenings, A Town Called Panic, directed by Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar, is a animated feature spun off from the Aardman Animation pupetoon series; and Spider-Man director Sam Raimi’s return to horror films with Drag Me to Hell.

Attendees of the festival and adjoining market also will get a first look on May 18 at Disney’s A Christmas Carol. A first look at the 3-D, motion-capture film will be hosted by director Robert Zemeckis and feature stars Jim Carrey and Colin Firth and producers Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke.

The Cannes International Film Festival runs May 13-24 in Cannes, France.

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