A host of celebrities have jetted in to the French Riviera for the gala opening of this year's Cannes Film Festival.
Stars including Brad Pitt, Quentin Tarantino, Penelope Cruz and Johnny Depp are expected to attend while promoting their latest films.Pixar film Up, about man who ties balloons to his house to get airborne, will make history later as the first animated film to launch the event.The festival runs until 24 May when the Palme d'Or prize will be announced.
The 20 directors with films in the running for the festival's top prize include four past winners including Tarantino, who returns with Inglorious Basterds, a Dirty Dozen-style World War II saga starring Pitt, Samuel L Jackson and Mike Myers.Three UK films are also competing for the prestigious prize, including Ken Loach with Looking for Eric, in which former footballer Eric Cantona plays himself as the personal hero of a postman whose life is spinning downhill.
Bright Star - a period drama about poet John Keats - and Fish Tank, a domestic drama starring Michael Fassbender, complete the British contingent in the main competition.Fassbender who won plaudits for his portrayal of hunger striker Bobby Sands in Hunger last year, also has a role in Tarantino's film.
Out of competition, Terry Gilliam will be premiering The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, starring the late Heath Ledger in his final screen role, which had to be completed by Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law.