Audrey Tatou, the host of the 66th Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony paid homage to Steven Spielberg's E.T. in her speech last night. She said:
"Hearts that are ready to be charmed, moved, amazed, stopped, whether or not they are all decked out for the occasion, hearts here and elsewhere, hearts that have loved cinema ever since the day that a film, the first one, transported them to seventh heaven."
She added that for her, that film was E.T., and this strange creature "that kept on repeating Call home, call home".
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.