The thirtieth Cannes Film Festival has opened with an image changed from its traditional showcase for starlets in bikinis, to one of the world's major cinema and television market-places.
The thirtieth Cannes Film Festival has opened with an image changed from its traditional showcase for starlets in bikinis, to one of the world's major cinema and television market-places. The southern French town was packed, as usual every year, for the arrival of stars, directors and producers at the opening ceremony on Friday night (13 May).
SYNOPSIS: There are no big cash prizes for winners of major awards -- nothing much more than GBP2,500 (sterling). But the tremendous prestige gained with a top prize can lead to international recognition -- and substantially increased earnings. This is even more the case now that the Cannes festival is being regarded with greater professional respect in the cinema world, no longer so much of a light-hearted gathering of beautiful people.
French actress Brigitte Fussey was among the estimated thirty to forty thousand people in the French riviera town for the festival, which last year attracted a crowd of 35,000. Films from thirteen nations were being shown, in the competition, and the festival was also being used to screen other films outside the official entries.
Austrian actress Senta Berger.
French Minister of Culture Michel d'Ornano presided over the opening ceremony, accompanied by his wife.
There are over a thousand films being screened during the festival, most of them outside the top thirteen competing for the official prize. The rest are being shown as an advertisement for their makers, actor and actresses, and writers. The entries are not restricted to cinema films either -- television productions feature strongly.
Among stars from the United States -- which is joint favourite with Italy to walk off with the top award -- is television's 'Kung Fu' actor David Carradana.