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Opening Night of 72nd Festival de Cannes in nearly 600 French cinemas

Director Agnès Varda -- shown here in 1954, making her first film at age 26
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The 2019 Festival’s Opening Ceremony was LIVE in theatres, for everyone to discover the world premiere of the opening film.


The 2019 Festival’s Opening Ceremony was LIVE in theatres, for
everyone to discover the world premiere of the opening film
Since 2010, the Festival de CannesCanal +, the Fédération Nationale des Cinémas Français and the CNC have been inviting the general public
to participate in the greatest film event in the world, by allowing cinemas across France to screen all the excitement of its famous Opening Ceremony. This year, nearly 600 venues (150 more than in 2018) have applied to take part in the event.Thanks to the initiative organised in partnership
with Canal +, viewers were able to watch the first red carpet arrivals at 7pm CET, and mark the launch of 12 days of screenings and events that celebrate all the diversity of international filmmaking on the big
screen.

Grand Théâtre Lumière

On the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière at the Palais des Festivals, master of ceremonies, actor and director Edouard Baer welcomed the Competition Jury, chaired byAlejandro González Iñárritu.

The 72nd Festival will be officially declared open by Charlotte Gainsbourg and Javier Bardem. The ceremony was followed by a screening of Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die, the opening film and first to compete for the Palme d’Or. Distributed by Focus Features and Universal Pictures International (France). Released in theatres on May 14.

Director gnès Varda -- shown here in 1954, making her first film at age 26

Avant-garde but popular, intimate yet universal, her films have led the way. And so, perched high on this pyramid, surveying the beach at Cannes, young and eternal, Agnès Varda — shown here in 1954, making her first film at age 26 — will be the inspirational guiding light of this 72nd edition of the Festival
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