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Cannes 2019 kicks off with star-studded opening night

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The much awaited Festival began on Tuesday at the des Festivals, France, with an intoxicating mixture of glamour and

According to Variety, Bill Murray, Adam Driver, and walked the red carpet with the splashy premiere of Jim Jarmusch's "The Dead Don't Die."

Several other Hollywood celebs also paraded through the firing line of photographers and fans. shook his hips before waving to the crowd, dazzled in a flowing pink gown with an elaborate cape, and Tilda Swinton, wearing her blonde hair in a pompadour, looked coolly elegant in a sparkling dress.

Cannes' leadership once again barred from screening its films in competition.

French exhibitors don't want to highlight movies from the company because refuses to adhere to a mandated 36-month window between a film's theatrical release and its premiere on

Host Edouard Baer appeared to take a swipe at Netflix, stating that contrary to streaming revolution currently unfolding, "cinema is theater."

The festival stage was adorned with an empty director's emblazoned with the name "A. Varda," a tribute to Agnes Varda, the Belgian-born French who made a remarkable 'Cleo from 5 to 7'.

will also throw a spotlight on new works from foreign directors. Such as Pedro Almodovar's semi-autobiographical 'Pain and Glory', Belgian brother's 'The Young Ahmed' and French Arnaud Desplechin's 'Oh Mercy!' will be portrayed this year.

After being under pressure in recent years to highlight more movies directed by women, the festival this year has a notable lineup for featuring women directors responsible for 15 movies in Cannes' official selection and four competition titles.

During a press conference, festival said, "The festival would never promise to achieve gender parity in terms of the movies it picks to exhibit. It would show a lack of respect if you picked a film simply because it was by a woman"

The closing night of the is on May 25.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 16:05 IST