American Films Head the List of Competitors at Cannes

American films dominate the list of competitors at this year's Cannes Film Festival -- six in all, including works by directors Tim Burton, James Ivory, and Jim Jarmusch.

Four British and three French films were also among the 24 slated for the festival that begins May 17. Other films are from Greece, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Taiwan, Romania, Italy, Japan, and China.

The paparazzi will be watching for Catherine Deneuve, Sharon Stone, Diane Keaton, Andie MacDowell, John Malkovich, Martin Landau, Nicolas Cage, Harvey Keitel, and Johnny Depp, all scheduled to attend.

The 48th annual festival opens with the French film ''La Cite des Enfants Perdus,'' (''City of Lost Children'') by young directors Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro. The film is about a man who has lost his capacity to dream and kidnaps children to steal their imaginations.

Among the US entries are ''Dead Man,'' starring Depp and Robert Mitchum, directed by Jarmusch; ''Ed Wood,'' directed by Burton; and ''Jefferson in Paris'' by Ivory.

From Britain comes ''The Neon Bible'' by Terence Davies, ''Land and Freedom'' by Ken Loach, ''Carrington'' by Christopher Hampton, and ''The Madness of King George'' by Nicholas Hytner.

The festival will honor director John Ford with 25 films, including ''The Grapes of Wrath.''

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