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Crowds, Culture, And Glamour At Cannes Film Festival

The 67th Cannes Film Festival is under way in the French resort city, attracting thousands of film industry professionals, journalists, tourists, and movie lovers. The city pulses with activity as the population swells from some 67,000 to more than 160,000 for the duration of the festival. But the glamorous event does not eclipse the seedier side of Cannes, where homeless people beg for change not far from the festival's red carpet. (Photos by Franak Viachorka, RFE/RL's Belarus Service)

Director David Cronenberg (second from left) speaks about his film "Maps To The Stars" alongside (from left) actors Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, and Robert Pattinson.
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Director David Cronenberg (second from left) speaks about his film "Maps To The Stars" alongside (from left) actors Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, and Robert Pattinson.

Journalists snap photos of actor Robert Pattinson.
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Journalists snap photos of actor Robert Pattinson.

Cartoonists from around the world who appeared in the documentary "Cartoonists, Foot Soldiers of Democracy" attend a press conference.
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Cartoonists from around the world who appeared in the documentary "Cartoonists, Foot Soldiers of Democracy" attend a press conference.

Activists in Cannes marked International Day Against Homophobia on May 17.
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Activists in Cannes marked International Day Against Homophobia on May 17.

The creators of the film "We Are Brothers" pose for a photo.
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The creators of the film "We Are Brothers" pose for a photo.

Filmgoers take a break outside. Many guests spend all day waiting in line to buy tickets for the festival films.
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Filmgoers take a break outside. Many guests spend all day waiting in line to buy tickets for the festival films.

Tommy Lee Jones (right), the star and director of the film "The Homesman," and co-star Hilary Swank speak to journalists.
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Tommy Lee Jones (right), the star and director of the film "The Homesman," and co-star Hilary Swank speak to journalists.

Guards on duty near the Palais des Festivals
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Guards on duty near the Palais des Festivals

During the festival, homeless people and residents of Cannes' poor neighborhoods are also among the crowds.
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During the festival, homeless people and residents of Cannes' poor neighborhoods are also among the crowds.

A woman begs for money near the red carpet procession of festival VIPs.
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A woman begs for money near the red carpet procession of festival VIPs.

Actress Monica Bellucci attends the festival with her film "The Wonders."
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Actress Monica Bellucci attends the festival with her film "The Wonders."

Andriy Khalpakhchi, the director of the “Molodost" (Youth) film festival in Kyiv, speaks about the political crisis in Ukraine. referring Andrei Khalpakhchi, the director of “Molodost” - See more at: http://kinoashkharh.am/en/2014/05/6970#sthash.hQIhtzRF.dpuf
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Andriy Khalpakhchi, the director of the “Molodost" (Youth) film festival in Kyiv, speaks about the political crisis in Ukraine.

referring Andrei Khalpakhchi, the director of “Molodost” - See more at: http://kinoashkharh.am/en/2014/05/6970#sthash.hQIhtzRF.dpuf

A man in a Spiderman costume skates through the streets of Cannes.
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A man in a Spiderman costume skates through the streets of Cannes.

A journalist takes a seat on the floor near the short film section of the festival.
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A journalist takes a seat on the floor near the short film section of the festival.

Journalists line the corridors.
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Journalists line the corridors.

Children jump on the grass.
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Children jump on the grass.

A tired guest takes an outdoor break.
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A tired guest takes an outdoor break.

Volunteers at the Ukrainian Pavilion pay tribute to this year's protests on Independence Square in Kyiv.
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Volunteers at the Ukrainian Pavilion pay tribute to this year's protests on Independence Square in Kyiv.

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