Euro Beat: Cannes Unveils Slew of Exciting European Films On The Horizon

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Our stalwart Cannes critics Jason Gorber and Ben Croll have already given us reviews at numerous exciting films that will, hopefully, be rolling out world-wide in the near future. But lest you forget, Cannes is also a film market rife with announcements of new projects in various stages of development that are also of interest. So, after you've caught up with the reviews of all the premieres this year, start getting pumped now for these European projects which were announced in the last few weeks.

- Catherine Breillat (Fat Girl, The Last Mistress) will direct her first English Language film, Bridge of Floating Dreams, which is set in Japan. The screenplay, which was written by Brian Jones, concerns a young Australian backpacker in 1960's Japan.

- Shooting has begun on Tale of Tales, the new film from Italian director Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah, Reality). The film will be in English and stars Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel and John C. Reilly. The film is said to be based loosely on the same-titled work by Giambattista Basile and is described as "a giant fresco of the baroque period, told through stories of three sovereigns ruling under different dynasties."

-Stellan Skarsgard has signed on to play the lead in a big-budget Viking movie based on the 1945 novel The Long Ships.

- While it's not a European production, Brazilian director Carlos Diegues' upcoming film The Great Mystical Circus will star French actors Vincent Cassel and Catherine Mouchette, and it sounds very intriguing. "A road-movie/dramedy, Diegues’ seventeenth feature spans a century from 1910, charting the fortunes, misfortunes, loves, passions, perversions and circus shows of five generations of Knieps, a Brazilian circus owner dynasty."

- Speaking of French Stars, two of the biggest ones are set to team up in a new film by Guillaume Nicloux (The Nun), Valley of Love. Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert will play (gasp!) two famous actors. The two reunite when a son they had 25 years ago dies and sends them a letter inviting them to Death Valley in order to see him "reappear."

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