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Star-studded Cannes festival begins today

Star-studded  Cannes festival begins today

CANNES: Cannes put finishing touches to its famous film festival which opens on Wednesday with a star-studded line-up of movies featuring Cate Blanchett, Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell and a new version of “Mad Max”.

Plastic protected the red carpets and workmen hurriedly erected the beachfront venues on Tuesday as the first onslaught of film fans, movie moguls and the press pack gathered on the French Riviera for the 68th edition of the world’s top international cinema showcase.

Among the highlights over the 12-day event will be Woody Allen’s latest, “Irrational Man”, a new Pixar animation called “Inside Out”, and Michael Fassbender risking the cursed role of Macbeth.

McConaughey is in with “The Sea of Trees”, hoping to extend a successful run that has transformed him from romcom jock to serious thespian in the past couple of years, while Blanchett appears in “Carol”, teaming up again with Todd Haynes, who directed her Oscar-nominated turn as Bob Dylan in “I’m Not There”.

In one of the more bizarre entries in the official competition, Farrell and Rachel Weisz are appearing in “The Lobster”, a dystopian tale in which hotel guests have 45 days to find a lover or face being turned into animals.

Published in Dawn, May 13th, 2015

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