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Shrek sequel to compete at Cannes
Shrek 2
Shrek 2 opens in the UK on 2 July
The sequel to animated hit Shrek will, like its predecessor, be in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Also in competition this year for the Palme d'Or will be British film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers and Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11.

Quentin Tarantino will chair the jury at the event, which opens with Pedro Almodovar's Bad Education on 12 May.

The festival ends on 23 May with the world premiere of Cole Porter biopic De-Lovely, starring Kevin Kline.

In 2001 the original Shrek became the first animated film to compete at Cannes since 1953.

This year, however, it is not the only animated film to make the shortlist as Japanese 'anime' Innocence has also been selected.

'All types of films'

Festival organiser Thierry Frémaux said Shrek 2's selection, along with that of Joel and Ethan Coen's The Ladykillers and the Sellers biography, was "an affirmation for comedy".

"The festival has been spreading the word that it is open to all types of films," he said.

"With the spotlight on animated features and documentaries, the festival continues preoccupations begun in 2001."

Brad Pitt
Troy star Brad Pitt is expected to attend the festival
There are 18 films in competition, including three films from France and, for the first time, one from Thailand.

The Motorcycle Diaries, Brazilian director Walter Salles's drama based on the journals of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara, is also featured.

Other titles to make the shortlist include the latest from Bosnian film-maker Emir Kusturica and Hong Kong director Wong Kar-Wai.

Films to be screened outside of competition include Tarantino's Kill Bill Volume 2 and Troy, the ancient Greek epic starring Brad Pitt.

Pitt is expected to make his first appearance at the festival, along with Charlize Theron, Cameron Diaz, Tom Hanks and Eddie Murphy.




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