April 30, 2008 / 2:20 PM / 12 years ago

"Blindness" to open Cannes film festival

Mark Ruffalo and Julianne Moore in a scene from "Blindness". The film will open this year's Cannes film festival, organisers said. REUTERS/Miramax Films/Handout

PARIS (Reuters) - Brazilian Fernando Mereilles, director of the acclaimed drama “City of God”, will open this year’s Cannes film festival with the English-language “Blindness”, festival organisers said.

“Blindness”, starring Julianne Moore as the only person able to see in a town in which everyone else is mysteriously struck blind, follows Mereilles’s previous English-language production “The Constant Gardener”.

Organisers also said that James Gray’s “Two Lovers”, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow and “Entre les Murs” (“Between the Walls”) by France’s Laurent Cantet would join “Blindness” in the main competition lineup.

The Palme d’Or award for the best film will be presented by Robert de Niro, who also appears alongside Bruce Willis and jury president Sean Penn in Barry Levinson’s satirical comedy “What Just Happened”, which closes the festival on May 25.

Reporting by James Mackenzie

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