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The 66th Cannes Film Festival Opens With 'The Great Gatsby'

May means marvelous summer weather and filmmaking chatter in the south of France as talented directors and fabulous celebrities arrive in celebration of the Cannes Film Festival! Now on its 66th year, the red curtains will be drawn today for Baz Luhrmann's much-awaited masterpiece, "The Great Gatsby."

Photo via Festival Cannes

Opening this year’s Cannes Film Festival and set to screen at the Grand Théâtre Lumière is Baz Luhrmann’s film, The Great Gatsby. Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, how appropriate that the whirlwind story has made its way to the French Riviera where the author once lived and drew inspiration from. Starring Leonardo diCaprio and Carrey Mulligan, the flick is out of competition but is in good company among a bevy of art films to be seen in the festival’s 66th year.

“It is a great honor for all those who have worked on The Great Gatsby to open the Cannes Film Festival. We are thrilled to return to a country, place and festival that has always been so close to our hearts, not only because my first film Strictly Ballroom was screened there 21 years ago, but also because F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote some of the most poignant and beautiful passages of his extraordinary novel just a short distance away at a villa outside Saint-Raphaël.” —Luhrmann

Photo via Festival Cannes

For 2013, the Festival du Cannes poster features an iconic 50-year-old black and white photo of Hollywood sweethearts Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward kissing during the filming of A New Kind of Love (1963), directed Melville Shavelson. Love plus tragedy seems to be the formula for filmmaking success, but we’ll see how reels turn as the festivities continue at Cannes this year! Personally, I’m looking forward to Sofia Coppola ’s scandalous story, The Bling Ring.

Visit the Cannes Film Festival official website for more info.

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