CANES — The Cannes film festival opened last night with one of the glitziest line-ups in years as Hollywood stars and studios return in strength to the world’s biggest film jamboree.
Spanish star Javier Bardem and French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg declared the 12-day marathon open, before sitting down to watch the first movie — The Dead Don’t Die — with it’s small army of A-list stars led by Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloe Sevigny, Tilda Swinton and pop idol Selena Gomez.
The cast of the zombie flick send-up of Donald Trump’s America by arthouse favourite Jim Jarmusch also takes in Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover and music legends Iggy Pop, Tom Waits and Wu-Tang Clan guru RZA.
Having watched its Tinseltown thunder stolen in recent years by Venice, which US studios have used as their Oscars launchpad, this time Cannes is putting its much smaller rival back in its place.
Quentin Tarantino brings auteur heft and star power to the party with the premiere of his epic Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, a quarter of a century after he lifted the Palme d’Or — Cannes top prize — for Pulp Fiction.
The panorama of Charles Manson-era Los Angeles stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a television Westerns star and Brad Pitt as his stunt double. Margot Robbie also appears as actress Sharon Tate, who was murdered by the cult leader’s followers. — AFP