Depp trouble: Cannes Film Festival opens amid row over presence of Hollywood actor

Rolling out the red carpet in Cannes
Rolling out the red carpet in Cannes   -  Copyright  Daniel Cole/Copyright 2023 The AP. All rights reserved
By Euronews  with agencies

Cannes braces itself for stars, film fans, and protestors, as the annual film festival gets underway in the southern French seaside resort.

The 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival gets underway in the southern French city on Tuesday evening, amid concerns about possible protests over President Emmanuel Macron's pension reforms.

It faces potential disruption from the CGT union, which is planning to use the event as a platform to protest the president’s controversial retirement plan.

This year will also see the return of controversial US actor, Johnny Depp, who stars as King Louis XV in the film, 'Jeanne du Barry', which opens the festival.

There has been an outcry from some quarters over his presence at the event, following his high-profile defamation trial with ex-wife Amber Heard last year over her claims that he was physically abusive.

The festival includes several other premieres, including 'Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny', the fifth and final outing for Harrison Ford as the whip-cracking archaeologist.

A total of 21 films are competing for the top prize, the Palme d’Or, this year, including a record seven women directors.

The jury will be led by last year's Palme d'Or winner, Ruben Östlund, and also includes Hollywood stars Brie Larson and Paul Dano.

Some 35,000 people are expected in Cannes for the festival which runs until 27 May.

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