The Cannes opener is . . .

Heralded Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles ("City of God") has landed the coveted opening-night slot Wednesday at the 61st annual Cannes Film Festival. His film "Blindness," starring Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo, is a psychological thriller about a city succumbing to an epidemic. It joins a slate of films including Clint Eastwood's thriller "Changeling," starring Angelina Jolie, and Steven Soderbergh's double Che Guevara biopics: "The Argentine" and "Guerrilla." Screening outside of competition at the festival, which ends May 25, is Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."

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