Cannes has set its Opening Night film and selected its Jury President. Now speculation begins to mount on which films will and won't join the May festival's lineup. Also, dueling Muhammad pics from Iran and Qatar, Zurich fest set to fete Brazil, and Tribeca All Access names 11 projects for its 2013 program.
With 222 films set to screen at the fest, it is one of the largest regional events of its kind. This year's lineup features new work from a cross-section of international filmmakers including Olivier Assayas, Andrew Bujalski, Xavier Dolan, Sophie Fiennes, Ken Loach, Lucy Walker and Thomas Vinterberg.
Film Society of Lincoln Center will highlight the emerging cinema of Cambodia as part of city-wide cultural event "Season of Cambodia." Highlights include films by acclaimed documentarian Rithy Panh, who is collaborating with Film Society on the series.
Also in today's Digest: Veronica Mars film adaptation breaks Kickstarter records; Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell's next feature will open later this year; Iran plans to sue Hollywood; and Egypt bans a Jewish documentary.
The SXSW Film Conference & Festival concluded its major events Tuesday night with an emotional awards ceremony. Short Term 12 and William and the Windmill took the top narrative and documentary prizes in the juried categories.
Bess Kargman's ballet documentary will open the 15th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival in Greece this Friday. Also in today's news round-up, details about the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival; Chinese artist Ai Weiwei plans an album release; and Brazil's It's All True doc film fest unveils lineup.