Outside in Cannes, metres of red carpet and a bevy of stars marked the opening of the 58th film festival but inside the screening rooms war, murder and suicide were the sombre themes of the day. “Kilometre Zero” from Iraqi director Hiner Saleem and “Lemming” starring British actress Charlotte Rampling were shown on Wednesday.
They are among 21 entries in the main contest but out-of-competition films include George Lucas’s sixth and final “Star Wars” epic and Adam Curtis’ “The Power of Nightmares”, a feature-length version of his BBC series on the war on terrorism.
The opening ceremony began with the introduction of the jury, led by Bosnian director Emir Kusturica and including director John Woo and actress Salma Hayek. Kusturica told the audience he had finally made it as Il Comandante and he was very happy. “Tonight,” he said. “I am called Mr Cinema, thank you very much.” The festival was officially opened by Bollywood actress and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai.