This year’s Cannes film festival has kicked off in the south of France, opened by Bérénice Bejo, star of the multi-award winning film The Artist.
The lack of women directors among any of the 22 films in the contest has sparked controversy. One jury member has refuted allegations of sexism.
Italian film director Nanni Moretti is the jury’s president. An award-winner five times at Cannes, he said: “Thanks to the Cannes festival, thanks to this country which unlike others, always reserves an important role to cinema in society.
You have a good festival – as for us it’s down to work!”
The festival began with a screening of “Moonrise Kingdom”, a quirky American comedy by director Wes Anderson whose cast includes Bruce Willis and Bill Murray.
The plot explores childhood and young love, based on two 12-year-olds who run away together.