Olivier Assayas' 'Carlos' selected for Cannes
Further festival additions expected this weekPARIS -- 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.
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.