U.S. films will dominate Cannes film festival


LOS ANGELES -- This year's Cannes Film Festival will be bracketed by two major U.S. productions: Paul Verhoeven's "Basic Instinct" on opening night and Ron Howard's "Far and Away" as the final attraction.

They head an unusually long list of U.S. films being shown during the prestigious May 7-18 event. Joining "Basic Instinct" in the festival competition are Robert Altman's "The Player," Hal Hartley's "Simple Men," Sidney Lumet's "Close to Eden," David Lynch's "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" and Gary Sinise's "Of Mice and Men."

The "Un Certain Regard" collection of films with an unusual point of view includes Jonathan Demme's "Cousin Bobby," Abel Ferrara's "The Bad Lieutenant" and Edward James Olmos' "American Me."

"Beauty and the Beast" screens out of competition, as does "Far and Away."

French actor Gerard Depardieu will preside over the festival jury.

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