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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

63rd Festival de Cannes Opening Ceremony


No Canal+ didn’t streamed live the ceremony, but surprisingly the video is up first at the official site where you can watch it sans the very beginning (!) as starts with Kristin Scott-Thomas already at the podium. Watch the video here. The complete ceremony with better quality is up at Canal+, please go here.

Somehow I find today’s ceremony different to previous ones, more serious and formal plus the collage of Tim Burton’s films was too long for me or maybe is just that I’m so familiar with all the films shown. The musical segment as an homage to music from Burton films was more entertainning and maybe too sophisticated for general audiences as most music was jazzy, with one exception from a film that I found its music so happy that still resonates in my head, Beetlejuice. On the opposite extreme, the clips from some of the in competition and out of competition films was too short for me, but was glad to watch too brief clips from movies that still have no video at the official site or the net.

Only three women in the stage but you’ll agree that your eyes and the camera were mostly on them, very elegant and statuesque Kristin Scott Thomas with a fortyish look, always beautiful Giovanna Mezzogiorno, and very elegant Kate Beckinsale wearing a gorgeous dress make the ceremony worth watching. At the end always elegant Cate Blanchett opens the festival together with a smooth Russell Crowe.

If you feel like watching the red carpet check the video here.

So, it’s official the most famous festival in the world is open for business and parties…

Cheers!!

Here are some photos from the red carpet

Actresses Eva Longoria Parker (L) and Aishwarya Rai (R) arrive for the screening of Robin Hood by director Ridley Scott and for the opening ceremony of the 63rd Cannes Film Festival May 12, 2010. Nineteen films compete for the prestigious Palme d'Or which will be awarded on May 23. REUTERS/Loic Venance/Pool (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE) Yes Aish was there!!!

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Actress Helen Mirren attends the 'Robin Hood' Premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2010 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)Helen Mirren.

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12:  Jury member and actress Kate Beckinsale attend the 'Robin Hood' Premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2010 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)Kate Beckinsale beautiful dress (Eva Longoria was wearing one too similar, but Kate's has the cameras on her and her dress was nicer, lol!)

If you feel like watching more photos click the gallery at any of the above photos and will take you to the slide show.

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