Brit films and host of stars as Cannes festival opens

The 62nd Cannes Film Festival opens today!

The 62nd Cannes Film Festival opens today with high hopes for British success as three UK films compete for the Palme d’Or.

Ken Loach’s Looking for Eric, starring former Manchester United legend Eric Cantona, is in the running along with Bright Star, a period drama about poet John Keats with a British cast and crew, and Fish Tank, a domestic drama starring Michael Fassbender.

They face stiff competition as the official line-up of 20 films boasts some of the biggest names in arthouse cinema.
 
Legendary directors Pedro Almodovar, Lars von Trier and Ang Lee all have films in the competition, along with Quentin Tarantino, who won the Palme d’Or in 1994 for Pulp Fiction.

In keeping with the gloomy economic mood, this year’s festival has a distinctly frugal feel – many of the big parties have been scaled back or cancelled.

Like Tarantino, Loach is aiming to join the extremely select group of double Palme winners, having scooped the award in 2006 for The Wind That Shakes The Barley.

The festival kicks off with the screening of Up, the innovative new 3D film from Disney-Pixar, and runs until 24 May 24.

Check back for daily updates on all the film news, hot gossip and red carpet glamour from this year’s festival.

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