The 72 Cannes Film Festival opened with a bang. It is customary for the festival to schedule some of the most anticipated – or celebrity-heavy – films on the opening night. As they say, you won’t have a second chance to leave the first impression. Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux and schedulers are no doubt well aware of that rule.
The night of the Gala opening of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, held at the Palais des Festivals culminated with the screening of the latest flick by Jim Jarmusch The Dead Don’t Die starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Selena Gomez, and Iggy Pop. This ‘political zombie film’ is set in a sleepy town of Centerville, where The Dead Don’t Die – they rise from their graves and savagely attack and feast on the living. – and the citizens if the town must battle for their survival.
Along with the stars of the flick, the red carpet hit also Javier Bardem, Eva Longoria, Julianne Moore, Alessandra Ambrosio, Jeremy Meeks, Araya Hargate among others.
The cast of the film were led by the jury of the 72 Cannes Film Festival – Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, Elle Fanning, Maimouna N’Diaye, Kelly Reichardt, Yorgos Lanthimos, Pawel Pawlikowski, Alice Rohrwacher, Robin Campillo, and Enki Bilal.
Apart from the star-studded opening night screening, the public are in for several treats during this festival with such premieres as Dolor y Gloria starring Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz, Quentin Tarantino’s new Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with all starry cast – Brad Pitt, Leonardo Di Caprio, Margot Robbie, Rocket Man starring Taron Egerton and with Sir Elton John in attendance, and a special attendance by Sylvester Stallone to promote Rambo V among many others.
The market (Marché du Film) also looks to have a healthy batch of titles to ignite buyers – like the Chris Pine thriller Violence of Action, the Mel Gibson Santa comedy Fatman, and a Ben Foster/Kristen Stewart project inspired by the letters of William Burroughs, to name just a few.