Cannes Festival

May 11, 2011 by staff 

Cannes FestivalCannes Festival, The 64th annual Cannes Film Festival kicked off Wednesday at full speed along the sunny French Riviera. City employees worked at the last moment on the eve of the festival, adding finishing touches to the idyllic coast, strategically on the colorful shrubs and consolidate white bars along the promenade close to the Croisette.

The world’s largest entertainment film begins Wednesday and runs until 22 May. The festival lineup packs a punch on the first day, opening with Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris.”

Paparazzi was prepared in anticipation of Tuesday night, hoping to capture images of Hollywood heavyweights Jude Law and Robert De Niro, who were received at La Palme d’Or at the Hotel Martinez, a dining ritual for Cannes jury members. Actress Uma Thurman joins De Niro and the Law at this year’s panel of judges.

Young Lady Gaga fans ran along the Croisette, with a lineup of “Monster Mama” and blasting her latest hit, “born that way” in anticipation of the pop diva rumored “surprise” appearance.

Also spotted along the Croisette: Owen Wilson, Salma Hayek, Adrien Brody and Antonio Banderas.

This year’s festival favorites Brad Pitt and Sean Penn are expected to walk the red carpet to promote “The Tree of Life,” a story of a midwestern family in the 1950′s, directed by Terrence Malick.

Also in competition for the coveted Palme d’Or top prize of the festival is “Drive” starring Ryan Gosling as a specialist driver in Hollywood who moonlighted as a getaway driver in the criminal underworld. It is directed by Nicolas Refn Denmark liquidation.

Recent events in the Middle East heavy play at the festival this year, with a special documentary that shows Mourad Ben Cheikh Tunis on revolution and the projection of Egyptian filmmakers short films, followed by dining with dignitaries Egypt on 18 May.

Stay tuned to CNN’s blog, garage for more updates from the Cannes Film Festival 2011.

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