Leigh bids for top Cannes prize
Mike Leigh's latest project will kick off the British campaign for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Another Year, a comedy drama starring Jim Broadbent, Lesley Manville and Imelda Staunton, is one of two British films competing for the festival's top prize.
The film focuses on the lives of a married couple, their son and their friends over the course of a year.
Leigh won the Palme d'Or in 1996 for Secrets And Lies, and last competed in 2002 with All Or Nothing.
He faces competition from Ken Loach's Iraq-set thriller and love story, Route Irish, as well as Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Biutiful, starring Javier Bardem, and Fair Game, from US director Doug Liman.
Meanwhile Woody Allen's new film, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, is set to screen out of competition.
Filmed in London, and boasting a cast including Naomi Watts, Gemma Jones, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas, the film's title refers to both the predictions of a fortune teller and the characters' fears over their own mortality.
The festival runs until May 23.