Cannes's Un Certain Regardsidebar has unveiled a line-up dominated by festival newcomers - and a numberof high profile veterans.
Of the 21 directors invited to UnCertain Regard, only four have ever been selected for Cannes before. Each ofthose four has had their previous work in the main competition.
Announcing the line-up,festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux said, "Un Certain Regard isprogrammed a bit differently to include people who have already been incompetition. We felt they were better this year in Un Certain Regard." But headded, "Directors like Eric Rohmer used to go back and forth between theofficial competition and Un Certain Regard. We'd like to have a dialoguebetween young and confirmed filmmakers."
The old hands are France's AlainCavalier with Le Filmeur and Francois Ozon with Le Temps QuiReste starring Melvil Poupaud, Jeanne Moreau and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi;Japan's Kohei Oguri with Umoregi and Juan Solanas from Argentina with Nordestestarring Carole Bouquet.
In all, France is themost-represented country with three films including Pierre Jolivet's comedy ZimAnd Co. Australia boasts two films,Jewboy from Tony Kravitz and Yellow Fella from Ivan Sen and theUS brings James Marsh's The King with Gael Garcia Bernal and WilliamHurt and David Jacobson's Down In The Valley starring Edward Norton andEvan Rachel Wood.
South Korea's Kim Ki-duk alsomakes his first trip to Cannes with Hwal.
In the mix of other countriesare Sri Lanka, Mexico, Austria, Iran, Denmark, Hungary, Romania and Brazil andGermany.
The closing night film willbe Benito Zambrano's Habana Blues from Spain.
Un Certain Regard Line-up:
Sangre, dir:Amat Escalante (Mexico)
Cinema, Aspirinas E Urubus, dir: Marcelo Gomes(Brazil)
Schlafer, dir Benjamin Heisenberg (Austria)
Falscher Bekenner, dir: Christoph Hochhausler (Germany)
Down In The Valley, dir: David Jacobson (US)
Tawa Dura Yanna, dir: Vimukthi Jayasundara (Sri Lanka)
Voksne Mennesker, dir: Dagur Kari (Denmark)
Yek Shab, dir: Niki Karimi (Iran)
Hwal, dir: Kim Ki-duk (South Korea)
Jewboy, dir: Tony Kravitz (Australia)
Cidade Baixa, dir: Sergio Machado (Brazil)
The King, dir: James Marsh (US)
Johanna, dir: Kornel Mundruzco (Hungary)
Umoregi, dir: Kohei Oguri (Japan)
Moartea Domnului Lazarescu, dir: Cristi Puiu (Romania)
Yellow Fella, dir: Ivan Sen (Australia)
Nordeste, dir: Juan Solanas (Argentina)
Delwende, dir: S. Pierre Yameogo (Ger)
Le Temps Qui Reste, dir: Francois Ozon (France)
Le Filmeur, dir: Alain Cavalier (France)
Zim And Co., dir: Pierre Jolivet (France)
Habana Blues, dir: Benito Zambrano (Spain) (Closing Film)