CANNES, France (AP) — In a Cannes lineup packed with veteran auteurs — Michael Haneke, Abbas Kiarostami, Alain Resnais — and relative newcomers like Lee Daniels and Andrew Dominik, here are six films to watch out for among the 22 contenders for the coveted Palme d'Or:
THE ANGELS' SHARE
Britain's master of gritty realism, Ken Loach, won the Palme in 2006 with Irish war drama "The Wind That Shakes the Barley." He found a lighter vein with "Looking for Eric" in 2009, and looks set to continue the high spirits with this tale of unemployed Glaswegians who seek salvation through distilling single malt whisky.
KILLING THEM SOFTLY
A meaty-sounding crime thriller from New Zealand-born director Andrew Dominik stars Brad Pitt as a mob enforcer trying to recover a stolen poker stash. Dominik made the Australian shocker "Chopper" and directed Pitt in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford."
ON THE ROAD
One of the longest-awaited and most anticipated films in competition sees Brazilian director Walter Salles ("The Motorcycle Diaries") tackle Jack Kerouac's impressionistic Beat Generation travelogue. The central triangle of tangled free spirits features young actors Sam Riley ("Control") and Garett Hedlund ("Tron: Legacy") alongside "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart.