Stars galaxy at Cannes as film festival begins

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The galaxy of stars reached Cannes including big names Nicole Kidman, Clint Eastwood and Will Smith as biggest film festival kicks off its 70th edition on Wednesday. It will be 12-day long film celebration.

Hundreds of movies will be screened during the festival although 19 movies will be competing for the popular prize “Palme d’Or top”. There will be high profile security than ever before at southern French coast.

Months back truck attack happened in nearby place which killed 86 people, so as the world’s biggest film festival security is high, Snipers have been posted above susceptible sites. Giants flower pots made of concrete have been placed to block similar attack.

French warships anchors off the beach and extraordinary number of police and soldiers deployed. Airport-style security gates and bag searches are also in operation at the festival, which attracts tens of thousands of curious tourists as well as the Hollywood elite.

After the attacks at in Paris which was one of the several attacks by ISIS claimed 239 lives in last two years, France remains in the state of emergency.

Though all security measures, Supremacy of glamour will spark on southern French coastal. Fans have been waiting outside the venue to catch the glimpse of their favorite superstars.

Pedro Almodovar Spanish movie director will lead the jury along side with Smith, “Interstellar” star Jessica Chastain and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing.

Netflix and Amazon will be two new giants including in this year’s festival. Acceptance of two movies from Netflix at Cannes, highlight it as major industry player. The US platform has refused to screen the two movies in French cinemas due to strict rules that mean films cannot be streamed from subscription services in France until three years after their traditional box office release.

But French cinema organizers wanted a change in festival’s rules from next year to insist on theatrical release that could effectively ban Netflix from participation.

Netflix’s movie “Okja” about a mysterious giant beast, starring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, is nonetheless among the most talked-about at Cannes, with Sofia Coppola’s American Civil War thriller “The Beguiled” featuring Colin Farrell alongside Kidman.

Others in the running for top honours include “Happy End”, a film set against the European migrant crisis by “Amour” director Michael Haneke, who is seeking a record-breaking third Palme d’Or. The Australian actress is the undisputed queen of this year’s Cannes, starring in three movies as well as TV series “Top of the Lake”, which is getting a special screening.

Italian actress Monica Belluli will host the grand opening ceremony on Wednesday evening with French drama “Ismael’s Ghosts” as the opening movie at festival.

Sources: AFP

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