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Seles_Beckham
May 15th, 2003, 02:40 AM
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Monica Bellucci the ceremony's host, Patrice Chéreau the jury's president and Gina Lollobrigida a surprise guest star made up the incredible line up which opened the 56th Cannes Film Festival.

The place to be and to be seen was on Cannes' mythical sun-drenched red carpet, where a panoply of bronzed beauties and international stars strode up to the Palace's beckoning gates, acclaimed by an ecstatic crowd.


The jury were the first to regale us, followed swiftly by the cast of Fanfan La Tulipe headed by the "Spanish enchantress" Penelope Cruz, dressed from head to toe in black. The original Adeline de la Franchise played by Gina Lollobrigida in 1952, was there by her side, as glamorous as ever.

Inside the Grand Theatre Lumiere the opening-night ceremony got under way, under the aegis of the voluptious Italian actress Monica Bellucci who stars in the long awaited sequel Matrix Reloaded which premieres in Cannes on the 15th May. But it was Vincent Perez and Penelope Cruz who did the honour of officially opening the 56th Cannes Film Festival first in French, Spanish and then in English.

Screened out of competition late last night and already opened in theatres nationwide was the Gallic appetizer Fanfan La Tulipe. A remake of Christian-Jacque's 1952 swashbuckler which won the best director prize at Cannes in the same year. This highly entertaining costume drama full of adventure, comedy and romance certainly brings back to life this 18th century imaginary hero, so much a part of French heritage.

Seles_Beckham
May 15th, 2003, 02:42 AM
JURIES

Sitting on the jury of this year's Cannes film festival are four actors, three directors, and one author - in all six men and three women. Three are French, two American, one Italian, a Bosnian, an Indian and a Chinese. Patrice Chéreau heads this prestigious nine-member jury accompanied by Karin Viard, Jean Rochefort, Steven Soderbergh, Meg Ryan, Erri de Lucca, Danis Tanovic, Rai Aishwarya and Wen Jiang. Together they will be judging the merits of 20 feature films screened over the next ten days.

In keeping with tradition the jury are an eclectic mix and have between them accumulated a number of awards at the festival. In 1994 Patrice Chéreau obtained a Special Jury Award for La Reine Margot, in 1989 Steven Soderbergh received the Palme d'Or for his first feature film Sex Lies and Videotapes, Danis Tanovic who was discovered in 2001 with No Man's Land won Best Screenplay Award and finally Wen Jiang was attributed the Grand Prize for Devils on the Doorstep.

The only “civilian” juror so to speak amongst this impressive line up is the author Erri de Lucca. The touch of glamour will be provided this year by the romantic comedy queen Meg Ryan and the Indian actress, ex-Miss World and recent L'Oreal “It Girl” - Aishwarya Rai -star of Devdas, one of Cannes' out of competition hits last year.

DANIS TANOVIC :worship:
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propi
May 15th, 2003, 09:11 AM
As usual they have ignored Hispanic cinema:fiery: