It was announced in January that the great and powerful The Da Vinci Code will have its world premiere at Cannes (assuming it's not banned by a British judge, or something), opening the festival on May 17. Ron Howard's film, however, is showing out of competition, and it wasn't until yesterday that the name of a competing film was first revealed: Paris, je t'aime will open the Un Certain Regard sidebar when it screens on the night of May 18. The film is a series of 20 shorts by different directors, each one focusing on one of Paris's arrondissements, or districts. Among the directors who took part in the project are Alfonso Cuarón, Joel and Ethan Coen, Alexander Payne, Christopher Doyle, Tom Tykwer, Olivier Assayas, and Wes Craven; stars include Maggie Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Rufus Sewell, Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, and Juliette Binoche.

The films in the Un Certain Regard sidebar are not part of the festival's Official Selection; they are judged by a separate jury (Payne was last year's chair), and a prize is award to the best film in the series the night before the major awards are handed out.