CANNES, France (Reuters) - The 2008 Cannes film festival closes on Sunday with an awards ceremony where the prizes, including the coveted Palme d’Or for best picture, are handed out.
Following are the 22 movies in the main competition lineup, listed in the order they appeared at the festival and naming the director and his or her nationality.
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- BLINDNESS, Fernando Meirelles, Brazil
Julianne Moore stars in story of plague of blindness sweeping the world. Based on Jose Saramago’s novel of same name.
- LEONERA (Lion’s Den), Pablo Trapero, Argentina
Martina Gusman portrays a pregnant woman jailed for murder whose life is transformed by her son.
- WALTZ WITH BASHIR, Ari Folman, Israel
Animated documentary exploring Folman’s memories of 1982 massacre of Palestinians in Beirut’s Sabra and Shatila camps.
- UN CONTE DE NOEL (A Christmas Tale), Arnaud Desplechin, France
Light-hearted and playful examination of death, disease and hatred as family reunites for Christmas.
- UC MAYMUN (Three Monkeys), Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey
Istanbul family slowly broken apart by secrets that they refuse to acknowledge or speak about.
- LINHA DE PASSE (Line of Passage), Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas, Brazil
Four brothers struggle to break cycle of poverty in Sao Paulo slum, seeking escape through soccer, religion and crime.
- 24 CITY, Jia Zhangke, China
Upheavals in modern China portrayed through story of state-run factory closed to make way for luxury apartments.
- GOMORRA (Gomorrah), Matteo Garrone, Italy
Brutal world of Naples mafia shown in drama based on bestseller by Italian author Roberto Saviano.
- SERBIS (Service), Brillante Mendoza, Philippines
Pineda family operates and lives in run-down movie house set amid bustling city streets which specialises in porn films.
- LE SILENCE DE LORNA (The Silence of Lorna), Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium
Two-time Palme d’Or winners return with tale of Albanian immigrant struggling with guilt and remorse.
- TWO LOVERS, James Gray, United States
Gwyneth Paltrow and Joaquin Phoenix star in tale of love, loneliness and longing.
- THE EXCHANGE, Clint Eastwood, United States
Angelina Jolie stars as mother in 1920s Los Angeles who leads campaign against corrupt police when son goes missing.
- DELTA, Kornel Mundruczo, Hungary
Young man returns home to isolated village after long absence and falls in love with his sister.
- LA MUJER SIN CABEZA (The Headless Woman), Lucrecia Martel, Argentina
Moody study of middle-aged woman unbalanced by accident she barely remembers.
- CHE, Steven Soderbergh, United States
Two films combined follow life and death of Argentine revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara in Cuba and Bolivia.
- LA FRONTIERE DE L’AUBE (The Frontier of Dawn), Philippe Garrel, France
Passion and madness intersect as photographer and troubled film star fall in love.
- ADORATION, Atom Egoyan, Canada
Story explores how confining cyberspace can be when boy confronts culture clash that has damaged him and his family.
- SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK, Charlie Kaufman, United States
Philip Seymour Hoffman plays theatre director who suffers mysterious illness and embarks on project to distract him.
- IL DIVO, Paolo Sorrentino, Italy
Satirical portrayal of Giulio Andreotti, great survivor of Italian politics.
- MY MAGIC, Eric Khoo, Singapore
Francis is broken man when his wife leaves him, but he seeks to mend fences with son by returning to old job as magician.
- ENTRE LES MURS (The Class), Laurent Cantet, France
Teacher in tough high school sees classroom ethics put to test when pupils begin to question his teaching methods.
- THE PALERMO SHOOTING, Wim Wenders, Germany
Successful photographer seeks refuge from hectic life in Palermo, where he is pursued by mysterious figure.
Editing by Paul Casciato