XDC takes fest into digital arena


CANNES -- The Festival de Cannes is going high-tech for its 60th year with an unprecedented 84 digital screenings scheduled for the fest in partnership with European digital cinema provider XDC.

Thirty-one films will be screened in digital format in 16 Cannes theaters, including David Fincher's "Zodiac" In Competition; Michael Moore's "Sicko" and Steven Soderbergh's "Ocean's Thirteen" Out of Competition; the 60th anniversary shorts compilation "To Each His Own Cinema"; and Directors' Fortnight titles "Cruising," "Un Homme Perdu" and "Zoo."

Christie is installing seven projectors in the Lumiere, Debussy, Bazin, Bunuel, the 60th Anniversary theaters and the Cinema de la Plage beach screenings.

"XDC is very proud to be a part of the 60th festival, a competition that will be an optimal window to show what the digital cinema industry does best," XDC General Manager Bernard Collard said.

An official partner of the festival, the Marche du Film, Critics Week and Directors' Fortnight, XDC plans to install 8,000 digital screens in Europe in the next five years.
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