This year’s Cannes Film Festival kicked-off with 3D romantic drama film The Great Gatsby.
Stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carrey Mulligan walked the red carpet, giving a taste of star power on the very opening night. The star-cast was joined by Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, who is making his so-called “debut” in Hollywood.
This year, legendary director Steven Spielberg is serving the role of the jury president, who received a standing ovation and was given a performance from The Color Purple, his 1985 film, at the festival’s opening ceremony.
The jury, headed by Spielberg, will decide which film will be taking home the Palme d’Or. The 20 films that will be competing for this prestigious award include Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra and Alexander Payne’s Nebraska.
The jury includes quite an intimidating star-cast, with the likes of Christoph Waltz, Ang Lee and Nicole Kidman.
Baz Luhrmann’s film pushed the sales of the novel, with it selling more copies within seven days than in author F.Scott Fitzgerald’s lifetime. The film may be receiving quite a reception at the red-carpet, but as far as the reviews of noted critics are concerned, it is a bit lukewarm and mixed.