DIRECTOR Chen Kaige is on tenterhooks as he awaits the announcement of nominations for the Cannes Film Festival on April 20. His film Farewell to My Concubine is among the 400 films submitted for the 20 places to compete for the Palm D'Or. The film, released in Hongkong at Chinese New Year, has yet to be distributed overseas. According to Chen, he is in no hurry to sell the rights. ''Because we don't know what will happen in Cannes, we will wait,'' he said. ''But we have shown it to every company that is interested, including some of the Hollywood majors.'' Chen's current project Life and Death in Shanghai has him flitting between Shanghai for location scouting and Washington, the home of author Nien Cheng for script discussions. Chen is debating whether to make it in English or keep it in Mandarin. He plans to start filming in autumn. WHAT do Shadowboxer Gerard Tannam and Mother Teresa have in common? It seems Dubliner Tannam wrote a son g about the saintly nun a few years ago. When Tannam's mother heard Mother Teresa was to visit Dublin in June, she sent a copy of the song, Indian Sun, to the mayor. The mayor liked it so much, he invited Tannam to perform it in Dublin. ''It's the typical Irish story of a mother pushing the son,'' Tannam said. Indian Sun has more of an Eastern than Western sound, he said. Tannam is to croon his tune on June 2 in front of both the above-mentioned mothers. HOLLYWOOD studio 20th Century Fox has signed a distribution deal with former Fox News Service president Mr Stephen Chao due to his ''uncanny antenna for popular culture'', according to studio chief Mr Peter Chernin. Mr Chao was fired when he hired a male stripper to perform at a Fox management conference last June where in attendance were then-secretary of defence Mr Richard Cheney and his wife, Lynn, then-chairwoman of the National Endowment of Humanities. President of Fox News Service at the time, Mr Chao said he was trying to make a point about censorship. The two-year exclusive distribution deal will cover films made by Stephen Chao Productions.