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Libération, May 13, 2015

“Let the party begin!” The 68th Cannes Film Festival kicks off today and it looks like it’s going to be a hard one to choose from for jury co-presidents, American filmmaker brothers Joel and Ethan Coen.

In its cover story, French daily Libérationnotes with a splash of irony that there are ever more English-speaking movies presented with impressive Hollywood casts. Vanity Fair offers a selection of 18 movies to keep an eye on.

This year, the Festival shines the spotlight on women. French actor Lambert Wilson (Matrix, Babylon A.D.) will be the master of the opening ceremony and, in his speech, he decided to “oppose the situations of leading women in movies and women that are silenced in certain countries.” Actresses Catherine Deneuve and Sophie Marceau are expected to be the first stars on the red carpet tonight.


ABOUT THE SOURCE: Libération is a leading French daily newspaper founded in 1973 by writer and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. Based in Paris, it is known for its leftist politics and often irreverent front pages.

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