Sure there's red carpet glamor (for what other fest do paparazzi arrive in black tie?) but beyond the flash bulbs, fancy dress and bold-faced names, the Cannes Film Festival -- now in its 62nd year -- represents the very best in international cinema. Some of the directors screening this year are household names (Quentin Tarantino, Ang Lee); others you've maybe vaguely heard of. No worries. Here's your guide to what's unspooling over the next two weeks plus what you need to know about each.
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Wed., May 13: Up (2009)
The latest effort from WALL- E writer and Monsters, Inc. director Pete Docter, and the first animated movie to open Cannes. The plot? A retired salesman fulfills a promise to his wife by traveling to South America...only by attaching balloons to his house to get it airborne.
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Fri., May 15: Bright Star (2009), Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw
Jane Campion has won the Palme d'Or twice: The Piano in 1993 and Peel in 1986. For Bright Star, she takes a look at the real life love affair between poet John Keats (Whishaw) and the girl next door (Cornish).
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Fri., May 15: Thirst (2009), Song Kang-ho
A priest who volunteers for a medical experiment suffers a ghastly side effect -- he becomes a vampire, all while he begins falling for his best friend's wife. Director Park Chan-wook won a Gran Prix for Oldboy in 2004.
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Sat., May 16: Taking Woodstock (2009), Kelli Garner, Demetri Martin, Paul Dano
Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) draws together an ensemble of young actors including Liev Schreiber, Emile Hirsch, and Demetri Martin to tell the story behind the landmark 1969 concert.
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Sun., May 17: Agora (2009), Rachel Weisz
From director Alejandro Amen√°bar (The Others, The Sea Inside), a young slave (Max Minghella) in Roman Egypt falls for his master -- the female philosopher, Hypatia of Alexandria (Weisz), a real historical figure during the beginning of Christianity.
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Mon., May 18: Antichrist (2009), Charlotte Gainsbourg
Lars von Trier, who was picked by the Palme d'Or in 2000 for Dancer in the Dark, might be better known for his Dogme flicks, but he got his start in horror. In von Trier's return to the genre, Willem Dafoe and Gainsbourg play a couple who head to the woods after the death of their child.
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Tue., May 19: Los Abrazos Rotos (Broken Embraces) (2009), Blanca Portillo, Penelope Cruz
Cruz reteams with Pedro Almodovar (Volver) in this film about a writer who loses his sight and the love of his life in a car accident and retreats to obscurity.
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Wed., May 20: Inglourious Basterds (2009), Brad Pitt
Quentin Tarantino (a Palme d'Or winner in '94 for Pulp Fiction) tries his hand at a Spaghetti Western, but sets it in World War II Europe. Brad Pitt plays the leader of a group of Jewish-American soldiers who are targeting Nazis. The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Diane Kruger and Cannes darling, Maggie Cheung.
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Wed., May 20: Drag Me to Hell (2009), Alison Lohman, Lorna Raver
Sam Raimi (Spider-Man) is also returning to his roots with Drag Me to Hell, his first horror flick in years. Lohman is a loan officer who refused to extend a late mortage payment; Raver is the old woman who takes revenge by putting a curse on her.
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Fri., May 22: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), Heath Ledger
The last movie to star Heath Ledger, this new fantasy from director Terry Gilliam (The Fisher King, 12 Monkeys) follows a traveling theater group that takes audience members through a magic mirror to explore their imaginations.
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Sun., May 24: Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009), Mads Mikkelsen, Anna Mouglalis
Dutch director Jan Kounen will close out the festival with this biopic of the love affair between the French designer Chanel (Mouglalis) and the Russian composer Stravinsky (Mikkelsen), living in exile with his family in France.
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Photos from the Cannes Film Festival 2009 premieres.
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