With the dust settling onthe Berlin line-up, all eyes are already on Cannes and films vying forselection there: Croisetteregulars such as David Lynch (InlandEmpire), Aki Karismauki (Lights In The Dusk), Ken Loach (TheWind That Shakes The Barley), Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Scream ofthe Ants) and Kim Ki-duk (Time) seem ripe to be joined by Francis Ford Coppola, going back toFrance and his indie days with Youth Without Youth.

The US and Franceinextricably linked already in this year's selection, with The Da Vinci Code already announced foran opening slot and Coppola's daughter Sofia readying her Marie Antoinette project with Kirsten Dunst.And then there's Paris Je T'Aime, a20-part Valentine to Paris by directors including Jean-Luc Godard, WalterSalles, Alexander Payne, Gerard Depardieu, The Coens, Olivier Assayas and GusVan Sant, all Cannes habitues.

The cards are also stackingup for it to be a banner year for Spanish-language fare, with Pedro Almodovar putting the finishing touches on Volver; GuillermoDel Toro readying his Spain-shot Pan'sLabyrinth; and Pablo Trapero's Born And Raised fresh from a new roundof funding at Rotterdam.

To add some spice to the Cannes regulars, Jury president Wong Kar-waicould be treated with some exciting new talent in Hungary's Gyorgy Palfi, with Taxidermia, the UK's Andrea Arnold, with Red Road, and Australia's SuburbanMayhem, from Paul Goldman.

Hot tickets at Cannes couldbe Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Babel; Darren Aronofsky's return with The Fountain; Woody Allen making a visitto France with Scoop before hepotentially films his next project there; BreakingAnd Entering, by Anthony Minghella, and Brian DePalma's BlackDahlia.

And the big guns are liningup from Asia: China alone has five Cannes potentials in LuxuryCar (Wang Chao); Still Life (Jia Zhangke);Summer Palace (Lou Ye); and WuQingyuan (Tian Zhuangzhuang). Hong Kong's JohnnieTo alone has Election 2. Australia's Rolf de Heer is alreadymaking noise with an Aboriginal-language first in Ten Canoes, while Ray Lawrence follows up Lantana with Jindabyne,also ready in time.

Cannes Contenders


Opener: The Da Vinci Code (US) Ron Howard


Born And Raised (Pablo Trapero)


Jindabyne (Ray Lawrence)

Suburban Mayhem (Paul Goldman)

Ten Canoes(Rolf de Heer)


Northern Lights (David Lammers)

Waiter (AlexVan Warmerdam)


The Journals Of Knud Rasmussen (Zacharias Kunuk & NormanKohn)


Luxury Car(Wang Chao)

Still Life(Jia Zhangke)

Summer Palace (Lou Ye)

Wu Qingyuan (Tian Zhuangzhuang)

Eastern Europe

Charlston & Vendetta (Uros Stojanovic)Serbia

Taxidermia (Gyorgy Palfi) Hungary


Azur & Asmar (Michel Ocelot)

C'est Gradiva Qui Vous Appelle (Alain Robbe-Grillet)

Days Of Glory (Rachid Bouchareb)

Exes(Martin Cognito)

Flanders (Bruno Dumont)

Free Land(Christophe Malavoy)

French California (Jacques Fieschi)

The Golden Door (Emanuele Crialese)

Lady Chatterley (Pascale Ferran)

The Man Of My Life (Zabou Breitman)

Murderers (PatrickGrandperret)

Paris Je T'Aime (Various)

The Very Big Apartment (Pascal Thomas)


I Am The Other Woman (Margarethe von Trotta)

The Heroine(Volker Schloendorff)

Madonnas (Maria Speth)

Hong Kong

Election 2(Johnnie To)


Goodnight Life

Scream Of The Ants (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)


The Caiman(Nanni Moretti)

Flying Lessons (Francesca Archibugi)

The Missing Star (Gianni Amelio)

The Wedding Director (Marco Bellochio)


Hana(Hirokazu Kore-eda)


Time (Kim Ki-duk)

The host(Bong Joon-ho)

The Unforgiven (Yoon Jong-bin)


Aki Kaurismaki

After The Wedding (Susanne Bier)

How To Get Rid Of The Others (Anders Ronnow Klarlund)

Princess(Anders Morgenthaler)

The Three Musketeers (Janis Cimermanis)


Captain Alatriste (Agustin Diaz-Yanes)

Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro)

Volver (Pedro Almodovar)


Breaking And Entering (Anthony Minghella)

Red Road (Andrea Arnold)

Scoop (WoodyAllen)

This Is England (Shane Meadows)

Venus(Roger Michell)

The Wind That Shakes TheBarley (Ken Loach)


Babel (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)

The Black Dahlia (Brian DePalma)

Bobby (EmilioEstevez)

Clerks II(Kevin Smith)

Copying Beethoven (Agnieszka Holland)

Delirious (TomDiCillo)

Fast Food Nation (Richard Linklater)

Fur (StevenShainberg)

The Fountain(Darren Aronofsky)

Infamous(Doug McGrath)

Inland Empire (David Lynch)

Marie-Antoinette (Sofia Coppola)

The Namesake(Mira Nair)

Shortbus (John Cameron Mitchell)

Unknown(Simon Brand)

Youth Without Youth (Francis Ford Coppola)