Directors aiming for second Cannes award

Quentin Tarantino, the Coen brothers and Gus Van Sant - all past winners of the Cannes Film Festival - are in the running for a second trophy as the French Riviera festival celebrates its 60th anniversary next month.

Quentin Tarantino, the Coen brothers and Gus Van Sant - all past winners of the Cannes Film Festival - are in the running for a second trophy as the French Riviera festival celebrates its 60th anniversary next month.

Tarantino will show his killer-on-wheels movie Death Proof, the Coens will play their Rio Grande adventure No Country For Old Men, and Van Sant will screen Paranoid Park, about a skateboarder who accidentally kills a security guard.

The four Americans have already won the Palme d'Or, Cannes' top prize.

Bosnian director Emir Kusturica has taken it twice.

His new movie at Cannes is Promise Me This, organisers said today as they announced the line-up for the May 16-27 festival.

Another Cannes veteran, Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai, shot the opening-night movie, My Blueberry Nights, starring singer Norah Jones in her acting debut, as well as Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Rachel Weisz.

Cannes strives every year for a line-up that hits just the right balance of Hollywood blockbusters and small arthouse films, mixing in surprise hits by unknowns and the occasional scandal-sparking screening.

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