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Cannes Film Fest

Cannes is about to go nutty! 

The 66th edition of the Cannes film festival makes a splash from May 15 to 26, 2013.

The Feature

The festival begins with a jazzy classic, The Great Gatsby, with Leonardo diCaprio and Carey Mulligan. The 3-D lavish film is director Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1920s novel set on the French Riviera.

But the film has already opened to mixed reviews in the US, so some of the buzz has fizzled. 

The Palme d'Or

Spielberg
Possibly more exciting are the films competing for the Palme d'Or. This year, 23 movies compete for the coveted title, and Steven Spielberg heads the jury. We'll know the winner on May 26.

Palm d'Or contenders include "Steven Soderbergh's "Behind the Candelabra" with Michael Douglas as famous pianist Liberace and Matt Damon as lover Thorson. Soderbergh claims his movie was turned down by Hollywood as being "too gayish". Let the controversy begin. 
Also to be screened are “Le Passé” or "The Past" by Iran’s Asghar Farhadi,  “Like Father, Like Son” or "Soshite Chich Ni Naru" by Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda. And finally... the lone woman director selected to compete: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, sister of former French first lady Carla Bruni, directs “Un Chateau en Italie”.

For the Un Certain Regard sideline, Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," portrays Hollywood teenagers who obsess over celebrities and burglarize their homes. 

There's always plenty of fun at the more accessible Out of Competition films. Head down to the Theatre Lumière and on the beach at the Cinéma de la Plage for those. Films include J.C. Chandor's All is Lost with Robert Reford and Hiroshima Mon Amour from Alain Resnais. Blood Ties – Guillaume Canet

As usual, expect the Cannes Film Festival to fill the city with glitz, extravagance, excitement. 

Cheers diCaprio!

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