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Cannes Film Festival Opens

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Cannes Film Festival’s 66th edition was declared open by Amitabh Bachchan and Leonardo DiCaprio. While Bachchan had a cameo in the Festival’s inaugural movie, Baz Luhrmann’s 1920s American story, The Great Gatsby, DiCaprio plays the title character.
Bachchan’s pivotal role on the stage seemed befitting of Cannes’ celebration of Indian cinema’s 100 years. After a song from the film, The Color Purple by Steven Spielberg — who heads the jury this year – was performed by Emeli Sandé, French actress Audrey Tautou welcomed on stage the other members of jury, including Vidya Balan, Nicole Kidman, Ang Lee and Christopher Waltz.
American director Steven Spielberg heads the jury at the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. There are 20 films vying for the top prize of the Palme d’Or.

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