Some 400 films will be shown inside and outside this year's Cannes Film Festival, which began in southern France on May 10.
Some 400 films will be shown inside and outside this year's Cannes Film Festival, which began in southern France on May 10. Only 25, however, were entered in the competition for the main prize. The others will be spread among the "International Critics Weeks" and the "Directors' Fortnight", two fringe festivals attached to the main event.
But despite the quantity, the quality of the films entered in the Festival is expected to be high with such famed directors as Ingmar Bergman, Francois Truffaut and Joseph Losey participating.
This year's jury is headed by Swedish actress, Ingrid Bergman, and includes English writer Lawrence Durrell and American director Sydney Pollack.
Although the days of starlets who would literally do anything to get their picture in the papers are gone, what one critic called "the optical gluttony of Cannes Film-Eaters" is still as great and tickets are hard to come by.
SYNOPSIS: At the southern French resort town of Cannes, the 26th Cannes Film Festival is well under way, with the usual bevy of starlets posing for photographers.
Some 400 films will be shown inside and outside this year's Film Festival, which began on May 10th. But only twenty-five were entered in the competition for the main prize. The others will be spread among two fringe festivals attached to the main event. Among the entries at the Festival is the French film "The Big Gorge" which together with the U.S. entry "Scarecrow" are two leading contenders for too honours. David Green's screen version of the rock musical "Godspell" was shown on the first night of the Festival.
At the Festival Hall on Sunday was a large gathering of well-known actors and actresses.... among them Ingrid Bergman, one of this year's jury.
French director Claude Lelouche was there... one of eight directors who contributed to the 1972 Munich Olympic Games film.
Swedish film director, Ingmar Bergman, seen here with the actress, Ingrid Thulin, had one of his films -- "Cries and Whispers" screened at this year's Festival.