Is the UK Film Council rediscovering the auteur bug'

Earlier this week, the UK public funding body announced itwould be pumping $483,000 into The PianoTuner Of Earthquakes, the new feature from animators The Quay Brothers.Now, sources at Cannes suggest that the UK Film Council is "desperate" tosupport British director Ken Loach and is looking to board his new portmanteauproject, Tickets, which Loach isco-directing with Emanno Olmi and Abbas Kiarostami, shooting later this summer.