It's Day One at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and this morning, according to The Guardian, the world's press was jostling for a seat at the screening of Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom. It's the festival opener and it's one of the most hotly anticipated movies of the season. The trailer has been floating around for some time now and the brief reviews that have been transmitted from within the screening suggest that it's been worth the wait.
Amongst the announcements being made on this first day at Cannes comes the news that the British comedian Steve Coogan will be starring in a new movie from the photographer Elaine Constantine, entitled (and, indeed about) Northern Soul. Going for the cheap laughs earlier, SACAHA BARON COHEN arrived at the festival on a camel, dressed as his character, Admiral General Aladeen, surrounded by models dressed in mini-skirts and military outfits.
Talking of glamorous women, the German model-turned-actress Diane Kruger cut a fine figure in a burgundy Versus mini-dress, which she paired up with a pair of towering Jimmy Choo shoes. She was making her debut on the Cannes prize jury and is pictured by the Daily Mail posing for photos with fellow jurors Ewan McGregor and the fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier. The festival will run until May 27, 2012 and so far, there has been a great deal of criticism over the fact that all of the films showing in competition for the Palme D'Or are directed by men.