Leigh’s comedy drama ‘Another Year’, featuring Jim Broadbent and Imelda Staunton, is the only British film to be included in the festival’s top prize competition, the Palme d’Or.
Woody’s ‘You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger’ and Stone’s ‘Wall Street – Money Never Sleeps’ will also be shown at the festival but out of competition.
Leigh previously won the Palme d’Or in 1996 for ‘Secrets And Lies’ and was nominated again in 2002 for ‘All Or Nothing’.
Among the other directors competing for the honour are Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and South Korea’s Lee Chang-dong.
Ridley Scott’s new Russell Crowe movie ‘Robin Hood’ will open this year’s event.
The jury at this year’s event is presided over by ‘Alice in Wonderland’ director Tim Burton, with panellists including British actress Kate Beckinsale and French author Emmanuel Carrere.
The 63rd Cannes Film Festival runs from May 12 to 23.
Full list of Palme d’Or competitors at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival:
‘Tournee’ directed by Mathieu Almaric
‘Des Hommes des Dieux’, directed by Xavier Beauvois
‘Biutiful’, directed by Alejandro Gonzales Innaritu
‘Hors-la-loi’, directed by Rachid Bouchareb
‘Un Homme Qui Crie’, directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
‘Housemaid’, directed by Im Sangsoo
‘Copie Conforme’, directed by Abbas Kiarostami
‘Outrage’, directed by Takeshi Kitano
‘Poetry’, directed by Lee Chang-dong
‘Another Year’, directed by Mike Leigh
‘Fair Game’, directed by Doug Liman
‘You, My Joy’, directed by Sergei Lovnitsa
‘La Nostra Vita’, directed by Daniele Luchetti
‘Utomlyonnye Solntsem 2’, directed by Nikita Mikhalkov
‘La Princesse de Monptpensier’, directed by Bertrand Tavernier
‘Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives’, directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul