CANNES 2006: Pics from Pan, Southland, Babel and More!

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For two weeks in May, anyone who is anyone in the film world heads to La Croisette for this fortnight of cinematic celebration. The Cannes festival this year takes place from May 17th through May 28th and we are lucky enough to have just added over 45 new images from a few of this year’s bigger films from the fest.

I hope this is not my only Cannes preview, but I cannot guarantee anything. Until I get a chance to peruse my way through the rest of the films. Either way I hope you enjoy this initial offering and apologize for it being primarily bigger name films since festivals are about the little guy.

PAN’S LABYRINTH

If that pic doesn’t say it all then why don’t you click on the button to the right and check out the other 17 new images, including a couple of early sketches, from Guillermo del Toro’s fantastical feature Pan’s Labyrinth.

The film is described as the story of a young girl that travels with her mother and adoptive father to a rural area up North in Spain, 1944. After Franco´s victory. The girl lives in an imaginary world of her own creation and faces the real world with much chagrin. Post-war Fascist repression is at its height in rural Spain and the girl must come to terms with that through a fable of her own.

SOUTHLAND TALES

Check out Justin Timberlake sportin’ the scars! On top of Timbo, Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales stars a whole slew of big names including the likes of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Seann William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Jill Ritchie, Miranda Richardson, John Larroquette, Jon Lovitz, Bai Ling, Wallace Shawn, Mandy Moore and Lou Taylor Pucci and I have just added 18 pics from the film to wet that whistle.

Southland Tales is set in Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as the city stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Johnson will star as an amnesiac action star whose life intertwines with an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.

BABEL

Babel‘s big name actors are certainly Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, but this one also stars one of my favorite foreign actors in Gael Garcia Bernal and with the new images I added we get our first look at Bernal in this pic, which is directed by 21 Grams and Amores Perros helmer Alejandro González Iñárritu.

The pic is already set for an early October 2006 release, but it will make a nice debut at Cannes this year.

X-MEN: THE LAST STAND

Yeah, I had to go commercial with this pic and the next, but these next two films are sure to make a splash at Cannes this year and since I added two new pics to our massive 95 image X-Men gallery I just couldn’t resist including it in the preview.

THE DA VINCI CODE

The other biggie, which is actually set to make its worldwide premiere at the 59th Annual Cannes Film Festival is The Da Vinci Code, a film that needs very little introduction. It also looks as if in the next couple of days we will have some cool opening day pics for you so stay tuned. For now, check out the gallery of 78 images from the pic, certainly one of the largest on the Net.

JINDABYNE

Ah ha, perhaps a film you finally haven’t heard of, but it has a couple of those old reliable names as Jindabyne stars Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne in a Ray Lawrence film, a film described as a modern day adult ghost story.

Outside the Australian town of Jindabyne, local man Stuart Kane (Byrne) is on a fishing trip with friends when they discover the body of a murdered girl. What follows will change their lives forever.

It is Stuart’s wife Claire (Linney) who must undertake a redemptive journey to lay the dead girl to rest.

A SCANNER DARKLY

The last film in this preview is a cool looking flick called A Scanner Darkly and it stars Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson and that little hottie Winona Ryder.

The flick was adapted from the Philip K. Dick novel by director Richard Linklater and is set in a future world where America has lost the war on drugs, undercover cop Fred (Reeves) is one of many agents hooked on the popular drug Substance D, which causes its users to develop split personalities. Fred, for instance, is also Bob, a notorious drug dealer. Along with his superior officers, Fred sets up an elaborate scheme to catch Bob and tear down his operation.

POSTERS!!!

Here we have the Official poster and the Un Certain Regard poster from the festival, hope you like.

THE AWARDS!!!

Here we have a couple of good looks at the awards that will be handed out to this year’s winners (except they will be year 2006 of course). The Caméra d’Or Prize, presented during the Festival’s Closing Ceremony, is an award for the best first feature film presented in one of the Cannes’ selections (Official Selection, Director’s Fortnight or International Critic’s Week).

The Palme d’Or (“Golden Palm”) is the name of the highest prize given to a film at the Festival, previous winners include L’Enfant (2005), Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) and The Pianist (2002). Click here to check out all the past winners.