Some of the biggest names in movie- making are in the South of France for the annual film festival in Cannes.
Director Steven Spielberg is presiding over the jury and French actress Audrey Tautou is hosting the event.
Much of the world’s attention is focused on the 20 films competing for the top award, the Palme d’Or.
Baz Luhrmann’s 3D spectacular ‘The Great Gatsby’ is hotly tipped to take the prize. The 1920s-set drama, based on a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is opening the festival.
Euronews correspondent Wolfgang Spindler, who is in Cannes awaiting the stars, reported:
“The red carpet’s rolled out and there’s suspense, with everyone eager to see ‘The Great Gatsby’ leads Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan. Suspense is also in the air over the weather. Will the stars be carrying umbrellas up the red steps? Rain is forecast for the Cote D’Azur this evening.”