The sun is out and the celebrities are arriving en masse for the start of the most important film festival of the year – the glitzy and glam Cannes Film Festival.
Diane Kruger, Joshua Jackson and Jennifer Lopez have already arrived in the celebrity mecca, although the festival doesn’t officially start until May 12.
Russell Crowe’s big budget Robin Hood will open the event, which has a more celebrity-heavy line-up of films than in recent years.
Check out some of the prestige picks that critics have already earmarked.
Starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, this thriller is directed by Doug Liman who brought us Mr and Mrs Smith. It follows Valier Plame (Watts), a covert officer in the CIA who investigates WMDs in Iraq. Her husband Joe Wilson (Penn) is drawn into the investigation, and writes an explosive article on his findings. Soon after their life implodes.
Babel director Alejandro Gonzales Innaritu is behind this stunning flick about a drug dealer and his childhood friend, a policeman. It stars Javier Bardem.
Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps
Oliver Stone's sequel to his cult 1980s film stars Shia LeBeouf, Josh Brolin, Carey Mulligan and Michael Douglas. It centres around the reformed Gordon Gekko (Douglas) trying to help Wall Street before its stock market crash, while trying to repair his relationship with his daughter with the held of her fiance. In return, Gekko helps the fiance get revenge on the man he blames for his mentor’s death.
You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger
Woody Allen is behind this comedy starring Naomi Watts and Josh Brolin alongside Freida Pinto. Accoding to understated press, it has a little romance, some sex, some treachery and a few laughs.
This flick starring Michelle Williams and heartbreaker Ryan Gosling did well at Sundance recently and is hostly anticipated at Cannes. It explores a marriage, charting their relationship over many years by cross-cutting through periods.
Tree of Life
Brad Pitt and Sean Penn will drive this flick at Cannes, which is directed by Terrence Malick. A period piece, it follows three boys in the 1950s and explores the loss of innocence through a haunting and moving story.
The incredibly talented Tim Burton will serve as president of the Cannes jury this year. Big names helping him on the judging team include actors Kate Beckinsale and Benicio Del Toro.
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