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The Cannes Film Festival...

At the Cannes Festival over 7.2 million films from all around the world are screened in just a few short days, so how on earth can you decide which movie to attend?

Well, for starters, you can find a film reviewer from Time Out, ask him for his recommendations, then cross them straight off your list. You can then eliminate all films starring Timothy Spall, which reduces the total number by about 56%. And to help you pick from the remaining movies, here's TFT's guide to the top ten must-sees at this year's festival.

13 May 2002

1) 'Which One is Yours?' (ITALY) - A hilarious comedy which involves two identical twin brothers who wake up one day and get confused as to which is which. This leads to hilarious consequences, what with one brother being the village priest, and the other being blind and married to a large-busted lady.

2) 'My Father The Squirrel' (PORTUGAL) - The tragic tail of an ailing 'cotovelo' who gets his 'assoalho' caught in an 'orelha'. And then his daughter falls under a goods train.

3) 'The Knee of Steve' (US) - A remake of 'The Tao of Steve', focusing rather more on his knee than on his Tao.

4) 'Difficulties in the Canyon' (CANADA) - A group of students, four of whom have severe asthma, go on a hiking holiday in the Yukon. Their guide is having difficulties with a recent kidney transplant (his body is rejecting the organ, and his medication makes him psychotic). Trouble strikes when they get into difficulties in a canyon. Gary Coleman plays the woodsman.

5) 'The Corrugated Straw Phenomenon' (UK - Documentary) - This film tells the story of man's link with that most symbolic yet elusive of all drinking devices: the corrugated straw. See how corrugated straws are made around the world; meet corrugated straw artists who create corrugated straws; corrugated straw historians who explore the history of corrugated straws, and a pair of corrugated straw enthusiasts who just love corrugated straws. They live near

6) Was geschieht jetzt, Herr Samuelson? (GERMANY) - A cheeky look at life in a Dresden prison on the night of the fire- bombing. "I can't get out, Herr Samuelson!" shouts one of the inmates, as the flames engulf his cell door. "You think you've got problems?" replies Herr Samuelson - "you should see my wife!" (Subtitled).

7. 'Chacun Doit Mourir' (FRANCE - Documentary) - A discussion with the French intellectual, Antoine Mard, in which he espouses his radical theory of human existence as being 'a bit on the confusing side, sometimes'.

8) 'Tun Sie Nicht Dies - Es Verletzt' (SWITZERLAND - Documentary) - A look at how short trousers can improve circulation. (Warning: contains images of erect male genitalia).

9) 'The Gekko of Daikyoju' (JAPAN) - Not sure what this one's about. A gekko maybe? Probably one which belongs to Daikyoju. That would make sense.

10) 'Grrrr!' (UK) - A fresh and hard-hitting take on gangland culture in the East End of London. Starring Ray Winstone as everyone.

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