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Alexander Payne's latest, 'Nebraska,' to play at Cannes Film Festival
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PARIS (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival’s 2013 lineup announced Thursday includes "Nebraska," the new film by director Alexander Payne, who is an Omaha native.

Payne’s work will compete for the Palme d’Or with 18 other films from such directors as Roman Polanski, the Coen brothers and Steven Soderbergh. He began filming "Nebraska" last year in locations around Norfolk, Neb., among other sites.

One of this year’s major stories at Cannes is celebrating world cinema from countries with limited freedom of expression, with a lineup with features from Chad, China, Mexico and Iran among the 19 films competing for the Palme d’Or, one of cinema’s most coveted prizes.

"The festival is a house that shelters artists in danger," said Cannes President Gilles Jacob, who announced the nominees Thursday.

Harking from Africa, "Grigris" by Chadian filmmaker Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, will feature alongside "The Life of Adele" from French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche. "Zulu" — a police thriller shot in South Africa and starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom — will close the festival but is not competing.

The list also includes "A Touch of Sin" by Chinese director Jia Zhangke; "The Past," from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, featuring Tahar Rahim and rising star Berenice Bejo who garnered attention for "The Artist"; and Mexican narco-film "Heli" by director Amat Escalante, who explores how love and family ties can provide solace in the desperation stemming from drug trafficking.

Old favorite filmmakers of the festival also fared well.

Joel and Ethan Coen, who won the Palme d’Or in 1991 for "Barton Fink," will show their latest film "Inside Llewyn Davis," set in New York 1960s folk music scene, starring Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman.

Soderbergh, who caused controversy with 1989’s Palme d’Or winner "Sex, Lies and Videotape," is back with "Behind the Candelabra," based on the autobiographical novel in which Scott Thorson recounts his relationship with the flamboyant pianist Liberace. Roman Polanski’s "Venus In Fur" could give Oscar-winning Polish director his second Cannes accolade. He won in 2002 with "The Pianist."


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