Possible names I might like to throw into the basket at this early stage (not much thought put in yet): Hou Hsiao-hsien (Flowers of Shanghai, Goodbye South Goodbye, Good Men Good Women, The Puppetmaster), Shohei Imamura (Dr. Akagi, The Eel, Black Rain, Lord of the Brothels), Wong Kar-Wai (In the Mood for Love, Happy Together, Fallen Angels, Chungking Express), Lars Von Trier (Dancer in the Dark, The Idiots, Breaking the Waves, Europa), Tsai Ming-liang (The Hole, The River, Vive L'Amour, Rebels of the Neon God), Atom Egoyan (Felicia's Journey, The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica, Calendar), Nikita Mikhalkov (The Barber of Siberia, Burnt by the Sun, Anna, Close to Eden), Abbas Kiarostami (The Wind Will Carry Us, Taste of Cherry, Through the Olive Trees, Life and Nothing More), Theo Angelopoulos (Eternity and a Day, Ulysses' Gaze, The Suspended Step of the Stork, Landscape in the Mist), Patrice Leconte (The Widow of Saint-Pierre, Girl on the Bridge, Half a Chance, Ridicule), Pedro Almodovar (All About My Mother, Live Flesh, The Flower of My Secret, Kika), Zhang Yimou (The Road Home, Not One Less, Keep Cool, Shanghai Triad), etc! Or will someone like Ang Lee be favoured? Obviously the specifications don't fit somebody like Raul Ruiz which is unfortunate. However, if any director deserves to escape categorisation it should be Ruiz! Enjoy. . .or not.