Sin City, Star Wars to Play Cannes

Big-screen digital effects will have a place of honor Cannes. Taking place May 11-22 in the south of France, the prestigious annual film festival will showcase Robert Rodriguez’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s Sin City graphic novel series and George Lucas’ latest addition to the Star Wars saga.

Having earned more than $60 million domestically in the past three weeks, Sin City is one of 20 feature films selected for competition at Cannes. Much like Rodriguez’s Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, Sin City features real actors on sets largely created with digital software. Contracted to provide the film’s visual effects were The Orphanage, Café FX and Hybride. Daniel LeDuc, who served as visual effects supervisor on the Spy Kids movies and Rodriguez’s last effort, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, again took the vfx reins.

Meanwhile, Star Wars: Episode III–Revenge of the Sith, which hits theaters on May 19, will screen out of competition. This last installment in the saga is also a hybrid of live-action photography and digital imaging, incorporating fully animated characters such as Yoda and other otherworldly creatures.

This year’s festival is marked by the heavy presence of established auteurs. In addition to Rodriguez and Lucas, the slate includes new films from David Cronenberg (A History of Violence), Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers), Gus Van Sant (Last Days), Lars Von Trier (Manderlay), Wim Wenders (Don’t Come Knockin’) and Adam Egoyan (Where the Truth Lies). In addition, actor Tommy Lee Jones’ directorial debut, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, will be competing for a prize.

A full list of films selected to screen at Cannes can be found at www.festival-cannes.fr