Mais oui, it's that time of year again when glamor, art and thick accents collide at the Cannes International Film Festival.

Each spring, films from around the world make their debuts in this seaside town on France's south coast, competing in several categories as well as screening Out of Competition for some of the world's most prominent tastemakers.

Now in its 63rd year, the festival not only brings together elite filmmakers and stars for serious soirees and screenings, but also serves as ground zero for the hottest films set for release in the year ahead. While Cannes features films from a diverse array of directors from around the world, Americans are well-represented in the 2010 official selection -- no doubt thanks in part to California native Tim Burton, who's serving as president of the Cannes jury. Still, international directors have solid footing, with some of this year's picks arriving from countries including Japan, Brazil and Russia.
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