The Cannes Classics lineup of films unspooling at the festival next month will include such names as Agnès Varda, John Boorman, Roman Polanski, Jerry Lewis, Alfred Hitchcock, Roberto Rossellini and Georges Lautner. The sidebar was created in 2004 to showcase restored prints of classic films and masterpieces of film history. Among the highlights are a restored and reconstructed print of Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time In America with 25 minutes of additional scenes. The screening will be attended by Robert De Niro, Elizabeth McGovern, Jennifer Connelly, producer Arnon Milchan and the Leone family. The restoration was funded by The Film Foundation and Gucci. Pathé is presenting a restored version of Roman Polanski’s Tess while Universal will present a restored print of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 silent film The Ring will also screen. David Lean’s Lawrence Of Arabia is also celebrating its 50th anniversary with a new restoration from Sony. Varda’s Cleo From 5 To 7 has a special screening and Georges Lautner will be honored with the screening of a restored version of 1964’s The Great Spy Chase. Documentaries on filmmaking chosen for the section include Woody Allen: A Documentary by Robert Weide; Method To The Madness Of Jerry Lewis by Gregg Barson; Me And My Dad by Boorman’s daughter Katrine Boorman and Emmanuel Barnault’s Claude M Le Cinema about the late Claude Miller.
In a separate announcement, Critics’ Week said Bertrand Bonello will be president of the grand prize jury and Joao Pedro Rodrigues will oversee the short films jury in the section. Bonello was in the official competition last year with House Of Tolerance; Rodrigues was last in Cannes with 2009’s Die Like A Man in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar. Finally, Critics’ Week has added a new prize to be given by young critics to an emerging filmmaker. Director Céline Sciamma will preside over that jury, known as the Jury Révélation France 4. Sciamma’s Water Lilies was an Un Certain Regard selection in 2007.
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