The 66th annual Cannes Film Festival is currently taking place in Cannes, France from 15 to 26 May 2013. Steven Spielberg was announced as the head of the jury for the main competition. New Zealand film director Jane Campion was announced as the head of the jury for the Cinéfondation and Short Film sections. French actress Audrey Tautou was announced as the host of the opening and closing ceremonies.
The Opening Ceremony of the 66th Festival de Cannes saw many international stars walk up the red carpet at the famous Grand Theatre Lumiere in Cannes. Many Indians were also present. After a song from the film The Color Purple by Steven Spielberg performed by Emeli Sande, French actress of Amelie fame, Audrey Tautou invited the feature films Jury on stage. Steven Spielberg who is the President of the jury got a long standing ovation. Vidya Balan, Naomi Kawase, Nicole Kidman, Lynne Ramsay, Daniel Auteuil, Ang Lee, Cristian Mungiu, Christoph Waltz also went on the stage.
The Festival was declared open by Leonardo DiCaprio and Amitabh Bachchan. Big B said bonsoir(good evening in French) and thanked the festival for inviting India as country of honor in France . He then said he would like to speak to his “countrymen” and spoke in Hindi about Indian cinema completing 100 years and the tribute Cannes is paying this year to India. The Ceremony continued with the screening Out of Competition of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, with the key members of the movie crew in attendance. Amitabh Bachchan plays a short role in the film. Over the next 12 days, dozens of the world’s most artistically ambitious films will premiere on Cannes’ global stage. But Wednesday was a day for blockbusters – both the big-budget “Gatsby” and Hollywood’s most accomplished director of spectacle: Steven Spielberg. Have some glimpses of the event: