The Cannes jury have given their opinion on what they will be looking for as they judge the winners of this year's festival.
Steven Spielberg said: "My opinion is very straightforward, we are always judging, we are constantly judging films we see at the cinema, evaluating them and trying to see what is radically new in them. Films are always in competition with each other for audiences' attention."
Nicole Kidman said: "I think that it is important to contribute to the celebration of film. I finally had the time to sit down and watch films. Cannes is a prestigious festival that has done a lot to promote the films in which I have acted."
Christoph Waltz said: "An award is always the result, but the result of what? Good psychoanalysis involves both a psychoanalyst and a patient. We each of us have our way of carrying out our task and mine is perhaps more descriptive than Cristian's."
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.