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The 71st Cannes Film Fes­ti­val will see the very best of the film world flock to the Croisette from May 8 to 19. From ac­tors in glam­orous gowns to di­rec­tors pro­mot­ing their lat­est works, Cannes is the place to be in May when it comes to the movie in­dus­try. This week we take a look at what the film fes­ti­val will have on of­fer this year.

Open­ing the fes­ti­val will be Com­pe­ti­tion ti­tle Every­body Knows. The Span­ish-lan­guage drama is directed by Ira­nian au­teur As­ghar Farhadi who will be a fron­trun­ner for the pres­ti­gious Palme d’or, the high­est prize awarded at the fes­ti­val.

Star­ring Javier Bar­dem, Pene­lope Cruz and Ri­cardo Darin, the film cen­tres around a fam­ily and their move from Buenos Aires to Madrid and the un­ex­pected events that fol­low.

An­other con­tender for the Palme d’or is 87-year-old di­rec­tor Jean-luc Go­dard with his lat­est film Le livre d’im­age (The

Im­age of Book). Ap­par­ently the movie took al­most two years to shoot in var­i­ous Arab coun­tries in­clud­ing Tu­nisia. This will be Go­dard’s eighth en­try in Cannes’ main Com­pe­ti­tion, how­ever he has never won the Palme d’or be­fore.

This year there is only one pre­vi­ous Palme d’or win­ner com­pet­ing again. Turk­ish di­rec­tor Nuri Bilge Ceylan won back in 2014 with Win­ter Sleep and is back this year with The Wild

Pear Tree. The film ex­plores the story of an as­pir­ing writer who re­turns to his na­tive vil­lage to pur­sue his am­bi­tions.

In other news this week, turn to our Home pages to get the best make-up and hair tips from renowned stylist Denny Cle­ments. Based in Dubai, Denny boasts an im­pres­sive list of clients which in­clude cast mem­bers from Game of Thrones. Read about how to get the best sum­mer make-up look with fresh and glow­ing skin.

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