Cannes prepares to open with “Robin Hood,” but fewer quality films?

By Sean O’Connell We’ll be turning our attention overseas this week as the film industry descends on France for the 63rd annual Cannes Film Festival. The festivities officially launch Wednesday with the premiere of “Robin Hood,” the latest collaboration between director Ridley Scott and leading man Russell Crowe. Cate Blanchett, Max von Sydow, William Hurt, Danny Huston and Mark Strong co-star.

But the word out of the festival before the curtains are drawn circle around the lack of suitable product available for screening, a possible result of the suffering global economy.

In an interview with the N.Y. Times, general delegate Thierry Frémaux claims he had trouble finding 19 films for the Cannes competition this year.

And no shows are also making headlines as the fest gets underway. Scott, for instance, will miss Cannes due to a knee injury that has sidelined the director. We also reported late-breaking news yesterday that, on the eve of Cannes, indie cinema iconoclast Bob Berney left Apparition, the distribution label he founded with financier Bill Pohlad almost a year ago.

We expect plenty more headlines to burst out of Cannes as the week progresses. The festival’s official Web site can be found here. We’ve also got a complete list of films screening in competition at this year’s fest. Bookmark, and we’ll keep you updated on all things Cannes this week!


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