The 66th annual Cannes Film Festival starts tomorrow: the jury has arrived and the posters are up. The festival runs from May 15 to May 26, at which time the prestigious Palme d'Or, the festival's highest prize, will be awarded. But first up: some red carpet glamour.
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As The Globe and Mail’s Liam Lacey reported from Cannes: “With Steven Spielberg as jury president, and the festival opening with Baz Luhrmann’s glitzy adaptation of The Great Gatsby, this is a distinctly American-flavoured year, with the highest American profile in the competition since 2007.” Here is Spielberg, president of the 66th Cannes Film Festival, arriving at the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez.
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A nine-member jury will watch competition movies back to back and deliver their verdict on May 26, the festival’s closing day. The jury includes actor Nicole Kidman, shown here arriving at the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez on the eve of the opening of the festival.
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Here, jury member director Naomi Kawase arrives at the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez.
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Actress Vidya Balan is also on the jury.
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Jury member actor Christoph Waltz arrives at the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez.
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Actor and director Daniel Auteuil, also a member of the jury.
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French actress Audrey Tautou, mistress of ceremony of the 66th Cannes Film Festival, poses during a photocall on the eve of the opening of the festival.
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Workers install giant posters on the facade of the Casino during preparations on the eve of the opening of the festival. On the right is former French actress Brigitte Bardot. Among other films, this year festival-goers will see new works from the Coen brothers, with their sixties folk tale Inside Llewyn Davis; The Descendants director Alexander Payne, with his father-and-son road-trip movie Nebraska; Jim Jarmusch with a vampire story, Only Lovers Left Alive; Steven Soderbergh with his Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra, and James Gray (Little Odessa) with a period piece, The Immigrant, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard. All five of these films are by directors known for movies that earn awards and positive reviews, but often struggle for financing in the U.S., against an increasingly top-down, franchise-driven industry.
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A general view of the InterContinental Carlton Cannes, a hotel famous for hosting movie stars during the film festival.
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Posters for the film The Great Gatsby showing actor Leonardo DiCaprio and actress Carey Mulligan are displayed outside the Carlton Hotel in Cannes. The film, a U.S. studio film directed by Australian Baz Luhrmann, will open the 66th Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday with its international premiere.
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Workers set up a giant canvas of the official poster of the 66th Cannes Film Festival featuring Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, photographed during the shooting of A New Kind of Love, on the facade of the Festival Palace in Cannes May 13, 2013.
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