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Orlando Bloom's Zulu to close Cannes Film Festival (2013)


Story by Jack Foley

ZULU, a new thriller pairing British actor Orlando Bloom with Oscar winner Forrest Whitaker, is to close the Cannes Film Festival (2013).

Directed by Jerome Salle, and adapted from a novel of the same name by Caryl Fere, the film follows two cops investigating a crime during the days of Apartheid. It was shot entirely on location in South Africa.

The conspiracy story involves an investigation into the death of two women in Cape Town.

Whitaker, who won the Best Actor Oscar for The Last King of Scotland, has previously found success at Cannes by winning Best Male Actor for his role in Clint Eastwood’s Bird in 1988.

Zulu closes the film festival on May 26.

Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby will open the festival on May 15.

Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg has been announced as President of the Competition Jury, which will award the coveted Palme d’Or prize, while New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion is to be presented with the Carrosse d’Or from the Society of Film Directors.

The full list of films that will be shown at this year’s festival will be announced on April 18.

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