Cannes announces 19 film competitors

April 20, 2006 at 11:39 AM

CANNES, France, April 20 (UPI) -- Richard Linklater's "Fast Food Nation" Thursday was named one of 19 films to compete during France's 59th Cannes Film Festival.

In addition to Linklater's film starring Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and Greg Kinnear, other U.S. contestants include Richard Kelly's "Southland Tales," starring the Rock, Seann William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Mandy Moore; and Sofia Coppola's "Marie-Antoinette," starring Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartzman, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Also competing for the top Palm d'Or prize will be "Babel" from Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez and starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Gael Garcia Bernal.

Britain will be represented by director Andrea Arnold's "Red Road" starring Natalie Press and Ken Loach's "The Wind That Shakes the Barley."

Only one Asian film was chosen, Chinese director Ye Lou's "Summer Palace."

The festival opens May 17 with the world premiere of Ron Howard's "The Da Vinci Code."

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