Following is the list of the feature films competing at this year's May 9-20 Cannes Film Festival, in France, as presented Thursday by the organizers.
"Moulin Rouge", by Australian director Baz Luhrmann (of "Romeo + Julliette" and "Strictly Ballroom" fame); starring Scottish actor Ewan McGregor ("Shallow Grave", "Star Wars: Episode I") and Australian actress Nicole Kidman ("Far and Away" and "Eyes Wide Shut"). This period story of a young man's arrival in Paris and his relationship with a Can dancer opens the festival.
"Desert Moon", by Japanese director Shinji Aoyama ("Embalming", "Wild Life").
"The Man Who Wasn't There", by US director Joel Cohen. Previously known under the working title of "The Barber Movie", this tells the tale of a barber, played by Billy Bob Thornton ("Sling Blade", "Primary Colors"), and his cheating wife, and her lover who is found dead.
"Eloge de l'Amour", by famed French director Jean-Luc Godard.
"La Pianiste", from German director Michael Haneke; a story about a piano teacher battling her darker urges.
"Millennium Mambo", from Chinese director Hsiao-hsien ("Flowers of Shanghai", "Goodbye South, Goodbye").
"De l'Eau tiede sous un Pont Rouge" (Tepid Water Under a Red Bridge), from Japanese director Shohei Imamura ("The Eel", "History of Postwar Japan as told by a Bar Hostess").
"Shrek", by first-time US directors Andrew Adamson and Victoria Jenson; this animated feature follows a grumpy ogre as he tries to rid his swamp of familiar fairy-tale characters and his love story with a beautiful princess hiding a dark secret.
"Distance", by Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda ("After Life", "Maborosi").
"Mulholland Drive", by US director David Lynch ("Twin Peaks", "Blue Velvet"). Originally meant to be a TV pilot, this complex and off-beat ensemble piece mixes a woman car-crash victim's attempt to get her memory back with other stories about the Mafia and two men's brush with a nightmare playing out for real.
"Kandahar", by Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf ("Day I Became a Woman", "The Door").
"La Stanza del Figlio", by Italian director Nanni Moretti ("Dear Diary").
"Je Rentre a la Maison" (I'm Going Home) by Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira ("Word and Utopia", "The Convent").
"Il Mestiere delle Armi" by famed Italian director Ermanno Olmi ("Down the River", "The Sound of Trumpets").
"The Pledge", by US director Sean Penn ("The Crossing Guard"). A police detective played by Jack Nicholson ("As Good as it gets", "Chinatown") promises to find the killer of a child.
"Pau i el seu Germa" (Paul and his Brother), by Spanish director Marc Recha ("Tree of Cherries").
"Taurus", by Russian director Alexander Sokurov ("Mother and Son", "Spiritual Voices").
"No Man's Land", by first-time Bosnian director Danis Tanovic.
"Et la-bas, Quelle Heure Est-il?" (And over there, what time is it?) by Malaysian-born Taiwanese director Ming-liang Tsai ("Last Dance", "Vive l'Amour").
"La Repetition" (The Rehearsal) by French director Catherine Corsini.
"La Chambre des Officiers" (The Officers' Room) by French director Francois Dupeyron.
"Roberto Succo" by French director Cedric Khan.
"Va Savoir" (You'll See) by French director Jacques Rivette -- AFP
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