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Red carpet out for opening ceremony of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival

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By Philip Pangalos
Red carpet out for opening ceremony of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival
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The red carpet was out and the stars of the world of cinema were present for the glittering opening ceremony of the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival.

This year, a total of 21 films are in competition for the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or .

Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu is serving as jury president. The Oscar-winning director said that he feels a great honour as the first Latin American to be in this position.

Award-winning Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos is also a member of the jury.

The international film festival was declared open by English-French actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg and Oscar-winning Spanish actor Javier Bardem.

This year's Cannes Film Festival will open with the premiere of the new film by American director Jim Jarmusch, called 'The Dead Don't Die'. It's a comedy about zombies and stars Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Iggy Pop and Danny Glover.

Also in competition is the new film by Quentin Tarantino, 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood', a comedy-drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival ends on May 25th.