‘Gotti’ Biopic Starring John Travolta To Premiere At Cannes

John Travolta’s mobster biopic “Gotti” has been added to the lineup of films screening at the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival.

Directed by former “Entourage” star Kevin Connolly, “Gotti” chronicles the rise and fall of notorious Gambino family crime boss John V. Gotti, played by Travolta.

The film was originally slated to open in December 2017 but was pulled from release just 10 days ahead of its debut when distributor Lionsgate sold the movie back to its production company. A new distributor has since stepped in and plans to release the film on June 15. The film will premiere at Cannes in an out of competition gala screening.

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“Gotti” is the latest film to join the famed festival which, earlier this year, made changes to its rules regarding eligible films, prompting Netflix to pull its scheduled titles out of Cannes. Festival organizers previously announced the five films that would replace the Netflix submissions.

According to Deadline, Lars von Trier’s “The House That Jack Built”, starring Uma Thurman and Matt Dillon, “Whitney”, Kevin Macdonald’s documentary on the late Whitney Houston, Terry Gilliam’s long-awaited “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”, and “Fahrenheit 451” by Ramin Bahrani, starring Michael B. Jordan, have all been added.

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It’s worth noting that “Fahrenheit 451” is an HBO production. The question of whether movies produced for Netflix and other streaming services should compete alongside theatrical films at Cannes generated controversy last year when festival organizers allowed Netflix to enter two of its films — “Okja” and “The Meyerowitz Stories” — into competition.

The famed fest is set to take place between May 8 and May 19 this year, with Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” and Jafar Panahi’s “Three Faces” among the competition lineup. It will open with Asghar Farhadi’s Spanish-language film “Everybody Knows” starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” will close the festival.

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This year’s updated lineup is as follows:

Competition
“Everybody Knows” by Asghar Farhadi
“At War” by Stephane Brize
“Dogman” by Matteo Garrone
“Le Livre d’image” by Jean-Luc Godard
“Asako I & II” by Ryusuke Hamaguchi
“Sorry Angel” by Christophe Honore
“Girls of the Sun” by Eva Husson
“Ash is Purest White” by Jia Zhangke
“Shoplifters” by Hirokazu Kore-eda
“Burning” by Lee Chang-dong
“Capernaum” by Nadine Labaki
“BlacKkKlansman” by Spike Lee
“Under the Silver Lake” by David Robert Mitchell
“Three Faces” by Jafar Panahi
“Cold War” by Pawel Pawlikowski
“Happy as Lazzaro” by Alice Rohrwacher
“Yomeddine” by A.B. Shawky
“Summer” by Kiril Serebrennikov
“Un Couteau Dans Le Cœur (Knife + Heart)” by Yann Gonzalez
“Ayka” by Kazakh Sergey Dvortsevoy
“Ahlat Agaci (The Wild Pear Tree / Le Poirier sauvage)”, by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Out of Competition
“Solo: A Star Wars Story”, Ron Howard
“Le Grand Bain”, Gilles Lellouche
“The House That Jack Built”, Lars von Trier

Un Certain Regard
“Border” by Ali Abbasi
“Sofia” by Benm’ Barek
“Little Tickles” by Andrea Bescond and Eric Metayer
“Long Day’s Journey Into Night” by Bi Gan
“Manto” by Nandita Das
“Sextape” by Antoine Desrosieres
“Girl” by Lukas Dhont
“Angel Face” by Vanessa Filho
“Euphoria” by Valeria Golino
“Friend” by Wanuri Kahiu
“My Favorite Fabric” by Gaya Jiji
“The Harvesters” by Etienne Kallos
“In My Room” by Ulrich Kohler
“El Angel” by Luis Ortega
“The Gentle Indifference of the World” by Adilkhan Yerzhanov
“Muere, Monstruo, Muere (Meurs, Monstre, Meurs)” by Alejandro Fadel
“Chuva E Cantoria Na Aldeia Dos Mortos (The Dead And The Others / Les Morts Et Les Autres)” by João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora
“Donbass” by Sergey Loznitsa

Midnight Screenings
“Gongjak (The Spy Gone North)”, Yoon Jong-Bing
“Arctic”, Joe Penna
“Whitney”, Kevin MacDonald
“Fahrenheit 451”, Rahmin Bahrani

Special Screenings
“Pope Francis – A Man of His Word”, Wim Wenders
“The State Against Mandela and the Others”, Nicolas Champeaux and Gilles Porte
“La Traversee”, Romain Goupil
“To the Four Winds”, Michel Toesca
“Les Ames Mortes (Dead Souls)”, Wang Bing
“O Grande Circo Mistico (Le Grand Cirque Mystique)”, Carlo Diegues
“10 Years in Thailand”, Aditya Assarat, Wisit Sasanatieng, Chulayarnon Sriphol and Apichatpong Weerasethakul
“The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”, Terry Gilliam

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