Though the titles revealed yesterday (apart from the festival's opener, The Black Dahlia), were English-free, the just-announced lineup for the 2006 Venice Film Festival includes thirteen American films, many of which are in competition. In addition to The Black Dahlia, other American films competing for the Golden Lion this year include: The Fountain, Bobby, Hollywoodland and Children of Men. Among other notables competing for the top prizes are the legendary Alain Resnais (Private Fears in Public Places), Johnnie To (Fangzhu), Paul Verhoeven (Blackbook) and Steven Frears, whose The Queen will bow at Venice before opening the New York Film Festival.

As expected, David Lynch's Inland Empire will be screening out of competition, along with a diverse group that includes Kenneth Branagh's The Magic Flute, World Trade Center, Tales from Earthsea (the debut from Goro Miyazaki), The Wicker Man, Rob-B-Hood (the Jackie Chan stolen-baby movie), Ethan Hawke's The Hottest State, Benoît Jacquot's L'Intouchable, and When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, Spike Lee's Katrina doc.

This year's festival runs from August 30 to September 9.