May 15 - Among the 20 films selected to compete for the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes film festival, highlights expected to include films from Sorrentino, Farhadi and Soderbergh. John Russell reports.
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Cannes, the glamorous resort nestled on the French Riviera prepared on Tuesday (May 14) for its 66th annual film festival.
The curtain rises on the two-week festival on Wednesday (May 15) where hundreds of films will be screened and twenty will compete for the coveted Palme d'Or, the festival's highest honor.
Eager fans keen to catch a glimpse of their favorite stars are already gathered outside the festival building...
Jay Weissberg, film critic for the movie industry trade publication Variety, believes this year's slate of films are already generating buzz.
SOUNDBITE Film critic Jay Weissberg, saying:
"I think an interesting talking point is going to be the Soderbergh film 'Behind the Candelabra' because in the U.S., when Soderbergh tried to get that made, he could not find the funding for among the studios because everybody told him it was too gay. So he had to go to HBO to have it done and I think that that is something that should be talked about on the Croisette and I imagine it will be because Soderbergh is such a name and it's got stars like Matt Damon and Michael Douglas."
Other expected highlights of the festival include Paolo Sorrentino's 'La Grande Belleza' (The Great Beauty), 'Le Passe' (The Past) by Asghar Farhadi, and Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Only God Forgives."
The festival will kick things off with "The Great Gatsby," a glitzy twirl through the jazz age, starring Leonardo Di Caprio.
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