The 64th annual Cannes Film Festival kicks off in Cannes, France Wednesday, May 11 and will run until the closing awards ceremony on Sunday, May 22. Opening the festivities are actor Robert De Niro, who is the President of the jury for the international competition. Accompanying him are on the jury (and in the above photo) are actors Uma Thurman and Jude Law. The complete lineup of films can be found here.
Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas were on hand for a “Puss in Boots” photocall. The festival is debuting a sneak peek of the animated “Shrek” spinoff movie, which hits theaters Nov. 4, 2011. Banderas reprises his role as the title character and Hayek plays Kitty, his love interest.
Also arriving at the festival are stars and director of “Midnight in Paris,” the newest Woody Allen film that is not in a Cannes competition, but is premiering at the 2011 festival. Rachel McAdams and Owen Wilson (pictured below, with Allen) star as a young couple traveling in France. Adrian Brody (below) also stars.
Finally, Faye Dunaway poses with director Jerry Schatzberg and the 2011 Cannes Film Festival official poster, which is a photo of Faye taken in 1970 by Schatzberg. Dunaway also starred in Schatzberg’s 1970 film “Puzzle of a Downfall Child,” which is rarely screened, but will debut a restored version at the 2011 festival.