Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby to open the 66th Cannes Film Festival

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby Photo: Reuters

Baz Luhrmann's glittering adaptation of The Great Gatsby will open the Cannes Film Festival tonight.

One of the year's most eagerly anticipated films, the 3D spectacular stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire.

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Speaking about the event, DiCaprio said:

Every time I go to Cannes, it feels like I'm entering the helicopter scene in La Dolce Vita. It's an insane experience.

The entire town is turned into a red carpet. Every hotel is a premiere. But at the same time, it is the mecca for the world to celebrate film-making and bold film-making.

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French actress Audrey Tautou will host the opening ceremony of the 66th Cannes festival, which attracts some of the biggest names in movie making to the South of France.

Audrey Tatou will host the Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Director Steven Spielberg will preside over the jury that will choose the winner of the prestigious Palme d'Or award. Twenty films are to be considered.

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Previous winners The Coen brothers will debut Inside Llewyn Davis, a 1960s period film about the Greenwich Village folk scene, while Polanski will premiere Venus In Fur, a French-language adaptation of the David Ives play.

Several films expected to have a big presence when Oscars season comes around will screen at Cannes, including Ryan Gosling's second collaboration with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn, the Bangkok noir Only God Forgives.

Sofia Coppola's latest offering The Bling Ring, which stars Harry Potter's Emma Watson and focuses on a group of star-worshipping California teenagers who raid celebrity homes, will also debut.

Crime thriller Zulu will close the festival, starring Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker, the film follows the story of two policeman investigating a crime in apartheid-era South Africa.

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