The 44th Cannes International Film Festival opened with the screening of the American crime thriller "Homicide," which set the tone for what promises to be an event dominated by French and U.S. movies.

Of the 18 films showing in official competition, five are American and six French, leaving the Italians with three, the Soviet Union with two, the Danish with one and a Chinese/German co-production with the other."Homicide," screened Thursday, is the latest film from David Mamet, who wrote "House of Games" and "The Untouchables."