Javier Bardem and Charlotte Gainsbourg open the festival Photo: Richard Mowe
Jim Jarmusch on the red carpet Photo: Richard Mowe
Charlotte Gainsbourg and Javier Bardem officially launched the Festival from the stage in the presence of the jury headed by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu.
Edouard Baer, Master of Ceremonies, accompanied on the accordion by Aurélien Noel, made references to cinema being about going out together as a group and fuelled by "human warmth”. May be something got lost in translation - or may be not.
Iñárritu (speaking in Spanish) again talked about the importance of film as a communal experience - and with 2000 attendees paying rapt attention who could doubt the veracity of his sentiment.
Tilda Swinton, Jim Jarmusch, Sara Driver and Bill Murray at Cannes opening night premiere The Dead Don't Die Photo: Richard Mowe