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Here's what to expect from Cannes

May 14, 2009 13:40 IST

Image: Jury member and actress Robin Wright Penn arrives for the opening ceremony of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.
Photographs: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

The 62nd Cannes Film Festival which got underway on Wednesday night promises to be an exciting one.

The opening night itself saw actors, models, filmmakers and jury members walk the red carpet. India was well-represented by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sharmila Tagore.

Even the line-up of films this year looks promising. We have Quentin Tarantino's World War II drama Inglourious Basterds starring Brad Pitt, one of 20 films showing in the competition and vying for the coveted Palme d'Or for best picture.

Here's what to expect from Cannes

Image: Spain's model Eugenia Silva arrives for the screening of the animated film Up by director Pete Docter
Photographs: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Also in the running are Pedro Almodovar's Broken Embraces starring Penelope Cruz, Ken Loach's Looking for Eric featuring former French soccer star Eric Cantona and Lars von Trier's horror Antichrist.

Here's what to expect from Cannes

Image: Jury member and Taiwan actress Shu Qi
Photographs: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

Former Palme d'Or award winner for The Piano in 1993, returns with Bright Star, a film based on the romance between 19th century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne.

Here's what to expect from Cannes

Image: French model Sarah Marshall arrives with French designer Jean-Claude Jitrois.
Photographs: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

But the biggest movie vying for the Palme d'Or has to be Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Heath Ledger's final role which Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law help complete.

Here's what to expect from Cannes

Image: Jury member and Italian actress Asia Argento
Photographs: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

Bollywood hopes to cash in on the Cannes festival too. Buzz is that Hrithik Roshan will promote his latest movie Kites at the event. The Kambakht Ishq team is also expected to promote their film here.