Directors from 13 countries will compete for awards at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
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16 Apr 2010 - 9:47 AM  UPDATED 26 Feb 2014 - 4:08 PM

13 countries are represented in the competition lineup at this year's Cannes Film Festival, with films from Chad and the Ukraine featured for the first time.

"Our selection underscores the fact that great filmmaking is alive in every country," said festival director Thierry Fremaux in announcing the lineup of this year's event, which runs from May 12 to 23. "It's not merely a dialogue between Europe and America, but a global dialogue."

The diversity of the competition lineup does not extend to gender, however, as the competition program is an all-male affair. Female directors are traditionally scarce in the lineup, a fact that former Palme d'Or winner Jane Campion made plain last year in the press conference for her film Bright Star.

Predictably, the inclusion of just one North American director - Doug Liman, who is making his Cannes debut with a dramatisation of the Valerie Plame spy scandal, Fair Game - has set off sections of the US press, though American directors are well represented elsewhere in the program: Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Gregg Araki's Kaboom, Lodge Kerrigan's Rebecca H. and Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine, all features in the event program. Similarly, studio fare is well represented, not least in the opening night film, Ridley Scott's Robin Hood.

In the competitive program, seasoned directors such as Abbas Kiarostami (Certified Copy), Takeshi Kitano (Outrage), Mike Leigh (Another Year) and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Biutiful), have all secured berths for their films, where they will compete with first-timers such as Ukranian Sergey Loznitsa (You, My Joy) and Chad's Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (A Screaming Man). Terrence Malick's Tree of Life is notably absent from the program, however Fremaux said a complete version may yet screen, with at least four competition spots still up for grabs.

OPENING NIGHT
"Robin Hood," U.S.-U.K., Ridley Scott

COMPETITION
"Another Year," U.K., Mike Leigh
"Biutiful," Spain-Mexico, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
"Burnt by the Sun 2," Germany-France-Russia, Nikita Mikhalkov
"Certified Copy," France-Italy-Iran, Abbas Kiarostami
"Fair Game," U.S., Doug Liman
"Hors-la-loi," France-Belgium-Algeria, Rachid Bouchareb
"The Housemaid," South Korea, Im Sang-soo
"La nostra vita," Italy-France, Daniele Luchetti
"La Princesse de Montpensier," France, Bertrand Tavernier
"Of Gods and Men," France, Xavier Beauvois
"Outrage," Japan, Takeshi Kitano
"Poetry," South Korea, Lee Chang-dong
"A Screaming Man," France-Belgium-Chad, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
"Tournee," France, Mathieu Amalric
"Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives," Spain-Thailand-Germany-U.K.-France, Apichatpong Weerasethakul
"You, My Joy," Ukraine-Germany, Sergey Loznitsa

UN CERTAIN REGARD
"Adrienn Pal," Hungary-Netherlands-France-Austria, Agnes Kocsis
"Aurora," Romania, Cristi Puiu
"Blue Valentine," U.S., Derek Cianfrance
"Chatroom," U.K., Hideo Nakata
"Chongqing Blues," China, Wang Xiaoshuai
"The City Below," Germany-France, Christoph Hochhausler
"Film Socialisme," Switzerland-France, Jean-Luc Godard
"Ha Ha Ha," South Korea, Hong Sang-soo
"Les Amours imaginaires," Canada, Xavier Dolan
"Life Above All," France, Oliver Schmitz
"Los labios," Argentina, Ivan Fund, Santiago Loza
"Octubre," Peru, Daniel Vega
"Qu'est-il arrive a Simon Werner?," France, Fabrice Gobert
"Rebecca H.," France, Lodge Kerrigan
"R U There," Netherlands, David Verbeek
"The Strange Case of Angelica," Portugal, Manoel de Oliveira
"Tuesday, After Christmas," Romania, Radu Muntean
"Udaan," India, Vikramaditya Motwane

OUT OF COMPETITION

"Tamara Drewe," U.K., Stephen Frears
"Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," U.S., Oliver Stone
"You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger," U.K.-Spain, Woody Allen

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS

"Kaboom," U.S.-France, Gregg Araki
"L'autre monde," France-Belgium, Gilles Marchand

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

"Abel," Mexico, Diego Luna
"Chantrapas," France, Otar Iosseliani
"Draquila -- L'Italia che trema," Italy, Sabina Guzzanti
"Inside Job," U.S., Charles Ferguson
"Nostalgia de la luz," France, Patricio Guzman
"Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow," Netherlands, Sophie Fiennes

COMPETITION JURY

Tim Burton, president
Alberto Barbera
Kate Beckinsale
Emmanuel Carre
Benicio Del Toro
Victor Erice
Shekhar Kapur
Giovanna Mezzogiorno