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Cannes Film Festival Opens


The official promotional poster for the 63rd Cannes Film Festival, featuring French actress Juliette Binoche by photographer Brigitte Lacombe

The official promotional poster for the 63rd Cannes Film Festival, featuring French actress Juliette Binoche by photographer Brigitte Lacombe

The 63rd Cannes Film Festival -- the world's leading movie festival -- opens today on the French Riviera.

The event opens with British-born director Ridley Scott's new take on the Robin Hood legend, starring Russell Crowe as the English folk hero who took from the rich to give to the poor.

A total of 19 movies from 15 countries will be competing for the prestigious Palme D'Or (Golden Palm) award for best picture.

One of the most topical films at the festival -- to be shown out of competition, like "Robin Hood" -- is U.S. director Oliven Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," about corporate greed.

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