Melanie Laurent-Host Opening Night Ceremony
The 64th edition of the Cannes Film Festival is in full swing today. The opening ceremony took place last night (May 11) at the Grand Théâtre Lumière located in the legendary Avenue de la Croisette in the small French Riviera town. Hosted by the young and beautiful French actress Mélanie Laurent, (“Inglorious Basterds” “Beginners”), the main guest in the ceremony seemed to be the city of New York. As president of this year’s Jury Robert de Niro received a musical tribute to his hometown and that of the festival he founded, the Tribeca Film Festival. Young jazzman Jamie Cullum played a medley of Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York and Alicia Keys’ New York. There was also a montage of de Niro’s finest film located in the big apple: “Heat,” “The Godfather,” “A Bronx Tale,” “Raging Bull” and, of course “Taxi Driver.” The selection for the Opening Night film was “Midnight inParis” directed by the most new yorker of them all:WoodyAllen. Finally, when Italian filmmakerBernardoBertolucci received his honoraryPalme d’Or, he dedicated it toAllen and de Niro.
You can watch the entire opening ceremony at:
As usual, the Jury comprised a wide range of nationalities and talents: Robert De Niro, President (Actor, Director / USA); Martina Gusman (Actress And Producer / Argentina); Nansun Shi (Producer / Hong Kong – China); Uma Thurman (Actress, Scriptwriter, Producer / Usa); Linn Ullmann (Writer, Journalist, Literary Critic / Norway); Olivier Assayas ( Director / France); Jude Law (Actor, Producer / UK);Mahamat Saleh Haroun (Director / Chad)
Note: Among the other actors and celebrities that will make the rounds of Cannes this year are: IreneAzuela, AntonioBanderas, Elodie Bouchez, Adrien Brody, Emily Browning, Claudia Cardinale, Ines De La Fressange, Michel Delpech, Catherine Deneuve, Faye Dunaway, Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gael Garcia Bernal, Melanie Griffith, Salma Hayek, Noe Hernandez, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Diane Kruger, Mélanie Laurent, Gong Li, Vincent Lindon, Chiara Mastroianni, Rachel Mcadams, Ezra Miller, Aimee Mullins, Michel Piccoli, Brad Pitt, Aishwarya Rai, John C.Reilly, Ludivine Sagnier, Michael Sheen, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, Lambert Wilson, Owen Wilson,