Film fest kicks off un­der tight se­cu­rity

New Straits Times - - World -

CANNES: The Hol­ly­wood elite jet­ted into France on yes­ter­day for the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val, with a Michael Moore doc­u­men­tary “take down” of United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump among an­nounce­ments stir­ring up a buzz as the 12-day movie marathon kicked off.

This year marks the 70th birth­day of the world’s big­gest film fes­ti­val, with A-lis­ters in­clud­ing Ni­cole Kid­man, Clint East­wood and Will Smith, set to grace the French re­sort amid “un­prece­dented” tight se­cu­rity.

Mi­ra­max supre­mos Bob and Har­vey We­in­stein were due to an­nounce their back­ing in Cannes of the new doc­u­men­tary from left­ist provo­ca­teur Moore, billed as an ex­pose of the US leader.

In Fahren­heit 11/9 — a nod to the date Trump was elected, as well as Moore’s Fahren­heit 9/11 that won the Palme d’Or in 2004 — Moore has pledged to take down a pres­i­dent, who has so far sur­vived an avalanche of scan­dals and con­tro­ver­sies.

“Facts, re­al­ity and brains can­not de­feat him. Even when he com­mits a self-in­flicted wound, he gets up the next morn­ing and keeps go­ing and tweet­ing,” Moore said in Screen In­ter­na­tional mag­a­zine.

“That all ends with this movie.” Ital­ian star Mon­ica Bel­lucci is set to host the open­ing cer­e­mony, with French drama Is­mael’s Ghosts, star­ring Mar­ion Cotil­lard, as the open­ing film.

Span­ish di­rec­tor Pe­dro Almod­ovar is lead­ing the jury charged with pick­ing a win­ner among the 19 films vy­ing for the cov­eted Palme d’Or top prize, on a panel that also in­cludes Smith, In­ter­stel­lar star Jes­sica Chas­tain, and Chi­nese ac­tress Fan Bing­bing.

Stars are ar­riv­ing un­der tighter se­cu­rity — 10 months af­ter the truck at­tack in nearby Nice killed 86 peo­ple.

Con­crete bar­ri­ers in the form of gi­ant flower pots have been set up to block a sim­i­lar as­sault, and snipers have been po­si­tioned above sen­si­tive sites. AFP

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