Quentin Tarantino will have the distinction of being the only American-born filmmaker to be competing in the 62nd annual Cannes Film Festival this year. Tarantino, who won the festival's prestigious Palme d'Or in 1994, will be debuting his Inglourious Basterds , frequently described as a World War II revenge caper. (Although the film is set in France, it was filmed mostly in Germany to take advantage of that country's tax incentives.) Taiwanese-born director Ang Lee ( Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hulk, Brokeback Mountain, Lust, Caution ), who became a U.S. citizen in 1983, will return to the festival with Taking Woodstock, which describes the origins of the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969. Other highlights of the competition include the premiere of Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar's Los Abrazos Rotos ( Broken Embraces ), New Zealand director Jane Campion's Bright Star, British film director Ken Loach's Looking for Eric , and Swedish director Lars Von Trier's Antichrist. The Cannes Film Festival is set to open on May 13 with the out-of-competition screening of Disney/Pixar's Up and to close on May 24 with the also-out-of-competition screening of Dutch filmmaker Jan Kounen's Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky .

23/04/2009