The 60th Cannes Film Festival opens today – with a string of major Hollywood stars expected to attend the annual event. Films from 12 countries have made it down to the last 22 – all vying for the coveted Golden Palm. Brad Pitt and George Clooney are expected in the south of France – along with thousands of fans.
One man said: “This year, Cannes is very squeezed with the 60th birthday, there is a lot of people. To get a better spot, you had to come early.” Another added: “As soon as the city hall put up the barriers, we chained our chairs to them with a padlock!”
The glamorous setting is the perfect place for directors to showcase their movies – with this year’s panel led by ‘The Queen’ director Stephen Frears. Opening the festive is ‘My Blueberry Nights’ – directed by Hong Kong’s Wong Kar Wai, who headed last year’s jury. The road-trip film stars Jude Law and Grammy – winning singer Norah Jones in her film debut.