Jim Jarmusch’s Iggy Pop doc to premiere at Cannes

Gimme Danger is set to premiere in the festival's midnight screenings program, while films by Rithy Panh and Mahamat-Saleh Haroun will have special screenings. (Pictured: Iggy Pop)
April 14, 2016

A Jim Jarmusch-directed documentary about rock legend Iggy Pop (pictured) is among the doc titles at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Organizers of the annual event on Thursday (April 14) unveiled the main competition as well as programs including Un Certain Regard, out of competition, midnight screenings and special screenings, and as in past years, narrative dramas dominated most sections.

Jarmusch’s Gimme Danger will have a midnight screening, just as Asif Kapadia’s Amy did last year. The American indie filmmaker’s last doc was 1997′s Year of the Horse, about Neil Young and Crazy Horse. He also has an Amazon-backed narrative feature, Paterson, screening in the main competition this year.

Other films headed to the Croisette are Cambodian doc maker Rithy Panh’s Exil and previous Palme d’Or nominee Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s documentary Hissein Habré: A Chadian Tragedy. Both will bow in the festival’s special screenings section.

Italian director Gianfranco Rosi, who won the Golden Bear at Berlin earlier this year for Fire At Sea, will chair the second annual Oeil d’Or Award for the best documentary playing at Cannes.

The award was created last year by the Civil Society of Multimedia Authors (SCAM – Société Civile des Auteurs Multimédia) with support from festival head Thierry Frémaux. Chilean-Mexican director Marcia Tambutti Allende won the inaugural prize last year for her doc Beyond My Grandfather Allende.

The 2016 Cannes Film Festival takes place from May 11 to 22. Check out the full line-up here.

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