A special tribute to Jacques Tati, on the 20th anniversary of his death, which will include public, open-air screenings of two of his most popular films, will be part of next year's 55th Cannes film festival, to be held May 15-26.

A restored 70mm print of the French film-maker's Playtime will be screened in the Palais. The public will also be able to see such cult titles as Les Vacances De Monsieur Hulot (Mr Hulot's Holiday) and Jour De Fete (The Big Day) which will be screened on the beach.

The Paris-born Tati, who was nominated for an Academy Award for best screenplay for Mr Hulot's Holiday (which he co-wrote with Henri Marquet) in 1956, won the special jury prize in Cannes in 1958, for Mon Oncle (My Uncle).