Director Lou Ye is once again risking the wrath of mainland censors after his latest film Spring Fever was confirmed as an entry at this year's Cannes festival. Lou was handed a five-year ban on filmmaking in 2006 after he submitted Summer Palace for competition at Cannes without approval from mainland authorities. And they likely will not be pleased this time. The ban remains, so Lou filmed Spring Fever clandestinely. On top of that, the story revolves around a same-sex relationship, a taboo topic. Spring Fever is one of the 20 films announced yesterday in the running for the Palme d'Or, the festival's top prize. It will be competing, among others, with Johnnie To Kei-fung's Vengeance, a crime thriller starring French rock star Johnnie Hallyday as a hitman searching for his daughter's killer in Hong Kong; Face, by Taiwan's Tsai Ming-liang, a French-language film partly funded by the Louvre museum; and Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock, an adaptation of the memoirs of Elliott Tiber, an artist who helped bring the famed music festival to fruition in 1969. Other Asian entries in the main competition include Korean director Park Chan-wook's Thirst, Palestinian director Elia Suleiman's The Time That Remains, and Kinatay by Filipino filmmaker Brilliante Mendoza, whose Serbis featured last year. Taiwanese actress Shu Qi will serve on the festival's main jury. Much attention, however, will be on how the mainland's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television reacts to the selection of Lou's film for the festival, which will be held from May 13 to 24. The censorship body had already issued Lou, 45, with a two-year ban in 2000 for screening Suzhou River abroad without first getting official approval, but Summer Palace invoked even more anxiety among the officials as it was set during the pro-democracy demonstrations in the summer of 1989.