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The much-awaited Cannes Film Festival began on Tuesday at the Palais des Festivals, France, with an intoxicating mixture of glamour and cinephilia. According to Variety, Bill Murray, Adam Driver, and Selena Gomez walked the red carpet with the splashy premiere of Jim Jarmusch's 'The Dead Don't Die.'
Several other Hollywood celebs also paraded through the firing line of photographers and fans. Javier Bardemshook his hips before waving to the crowd, Elle Fanningdazzled in a flowing pink gown with an elaborate cape, and Tilda Swinton, wearing her blonde hair in a pompadour, looked coolly elegant in a sparkling dress. Cannes' leadership once again barred Netflix from screening its films in competition.
French exhibitors don't want to highlight movies from the company because Netflix refuses to adhere to a mandated 36-month window between a film's theatrical release and its premiere on streaming services. Host Edouard Baer appeared to take a swipe at Netflix, stating that contrary to streaming revolution currently unfolding, "cinema is theater."
The festival stage was adorned with an empty director's chair emblazoned with the name "A. Varda," a tribute to Agnes Varda, the Belgian-born French film director who made a remarkable film 'Cleo from 5 to 7'. Cannes will also throw a spotlight on new works from foreign directors. Such as Pedro Almodovar's semi-autobiographical 'Pain and Glory', Belgian brother's 'The Young Ahmed' and French director Arnaud Desplechin's 'Oh Mercy!' will be portrayed this year.
After being under pressure in recent years to highlight more movies directed by women, the festival this year has a notable lineup for featuring women directors responsible for 15 movies in Cannes' official selection and four competition titles. During a press conference, festival director Thierry Fremaux said, "The festival would never promise to achieve gender parity in terms of the movies it picks to exhibit. It would show a lack of respect if you picked a film simply because it was by a woman"
The closing night of the Cannes Film Festival is on May 25.
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