Olivier Assayas' 'Carlos' selected for Cannes


PARIS -- Olivier Assayas' "Carlos" about Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez will screen out of Competition at this year's Festival de Cannes, fest organizers confirmed Monday.

The film has been part of a film biz brouhaha in Gaul this week after not having been announced during festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux's official selection press conference last Thursday.

Co-produced and co-financed by Gallic pay TV group Canal Plus, "Carlos" is a made-for-TV miniseries that runs 5 1/2 hours. Assayas has chopped his opus to a more festival-friendly 2 hour, 20 minute running time.

The film stars Edgar Ramirez as the Venezuelan revolutionary who was arrested by French police after leading a terrorist op that raided the OPEC headquarters in 1975.

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Assayas will be back in Cannes after screening three of his films In Competition there, namely "Les Destinees Sentimentales" in 2000, "Demonlover" in 2002 and "Clean" in 2004.

Also new to the shifting Cannes lineup is a special screening of "5 X Favela," a compilation of short films from young directors trained by director Carlos Diegues. More last-minute additions to the fest's official selection are expected throughout the week. The Festival de Cannes runs May 12-23.
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