Director Steven Spielberg and actress Nicole Kidman have arrived in the French Riviera for the opening ceremony of the 66th Cannes festival.
Spielberg will preside over the jury that will choose the winner of the prestigious Palme d'Or award. Twenty films are to be considered overall.
The first film to be shown will be Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire.
Steven Spielberg has backed La Vie d'Adele to be a breakthrough racy hit after he and the Cannes jury named it the festival's top film.
Baz Luhrmann's glittering adaptation of The Great Gatsby will open the Cannes Film Festival tonight.