67th Cannes Film Festival Kicks Off

67th Cannes Film Festival Kicks Off

67th Cannes Film Festival Kicks Off

The 67th annual Cannes Film Festival kicked off with a dose of classic French Riviera glamour. The Grace Kelly biopic “Grace of Monaco,” starring Nicole Kidman, opened the festival.
The festival jury, which decides the prestigious Palme d’Or award, is headed this year by Jane Champion, the only female filmmaker to win the Palme d’Or (for “The Piano” in 1993).
The Cannes Film Festival is the world’s largest and most starry film festival, as well as the top movie marketplace where countless films are bought and sold. While it encompasses a broad range of movie premieres, wheeling and dealing and celebrity gatherings, the world’s attention is focused on the 18 films in competition for the Palme d’Or.
Last year, it went to the erotic French coming-of-age tale “Blue Is the Warmest Color.” In a first, Steven Spielberg’s jury awarded the Palme not just to the director, Abdellatif Kechiche, but also to its two stars, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux.
This year brings a selection somewhat light on Hollywood, but heavy on world-class auteurs, including Jean-Luc Godard, Ken Loach, the Dardenne brothers, Mike Leigh and Michel Hazanavicius, returning to where his “The Artist” became a sensation.

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