Making his debut as artisticdirector of Directors' Fortnight, Olivier Pere unveiled the line-up for thisyear's edition this morning in Paris.

Among the twenty titles inthis year's selection are 10 French or French co-produced films, four from theUS, two from Japan and two from Iran. Among the other territories representedare Spain, Italy, Belgium, Chile, Argentina, the Philippines and Lebanon.

Notable entries includeThomas Vincent's Je Suis Un Assassin, the director's highly awaitedsecond film after 1999's Karnaval. Also in the line-up The Heart IsDeceitful'Above All Things the second feature from Italian film legacyheiress Asia Argento, A Vot'Bon Coeur from elder statesman PaulVecchiali, three Sundance features including Nicole Kassell's The Woodsman starring Kevin Bacon as a convicted child molestor and Japan's Cha No Aji fromdirector Ishii Katsuhito which will open the Fortnight.

In all, there are 14 worldpremieres and three first films which will also be eligible to compete for theCamera d'Or.

Following a turbulent twoyears that saw the exit of artistic directors Marie-Pierre Macia and FrancoisDa Silva, Pascal Thomas, who heads up the Societe Des Realisateurs des Films(SRF) noted, "This is the first time in a long time that we are very proud ofthe selection."


Feature films

A Vot'bon Coeur by Paul Vecchiali (France)
Babae Sa Breakwater (Woman Of Breakwater) by Mario O'Hara (Philippines)
La Blessure by Nicolas Klotz (France/Belgium)
Cha No Aji (The Taste Of Tea) by Ishii Katsuhito (Japan)
En Attendant Le Deluge by Damien Odoul (France)
Gavkhouni (The River's End) by Behrouz Afkhami (Iran)
The Heart Is Deceitful... Above All Things by Asia Argento (US)
Je Suis Un Assassin by Thomas Vincent (France)
Khab E Talkh (Bitter Dream) by Mohsen Amiryoussefi (Iran)
Maarek Hob by Danielle Arbid (Lebanon/France/Belgium)
Machuca by Andres Wood (France/Spain/Chile)
Mean Creek by Jacob Aaron Estes (US)
Los Muertos by Lisandro Alonso (Argentina/France)
Mur by Simone Bitton (France)
L'Odore Del Sangue by Mario Martone (Italy)
Oh, Uomo by Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi (Italy)
Tarnation by Jonathan Caouette (US)
The Tunnel by Manda Kunitoshi (Japan)
Venus Et Fleur by Emmanuelle Mouret (France)
The Woodsman by Nicole Kassell (US)

Short films

Capitaine Achab by Philippe Ramos (France)
Charlotte by Ulrike von Ribbeck (Germany)
Le Dieu Saturne by Jean-Charles Fitoussi (France)
Le Droit Chemin by Mathias Gokalp (France)
A Feather Stare At The Dark by Tsuji Naoyuki (Japan)
Fill In The Blanks by Youn-Sung Kim (South Korea)
Frontier by Jun Miyazaki (Japan)
Odya by Edgar Bartenev (Russia)
La Petite Chambre by Elodie Monlibert (France)
La Peur, Petit Chasseur by Laurent Achard (France)
Tristesse Beau Visage by Jean-Paul Civeyrac (France)
Vostok by Jan Andersen (France)