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Opening ceremony of 67th Cannes Film Festival

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05-15-2014 19:24 BJT

The 67th Cannes International Film Festival has begun. That means stars and jury members walking the red carpet on the opening night of the world's biggest cinema showcase. We head over there now to see how Nicole Kidman, Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi work a crowd.

Nicole Kidman heads up a star-studded red carpet for the opening of the 67th Cannes Film Festival. The Australian actress arrives with her new movie "Grace of Monaco," which opens this year's event. She's joined by her co-star Tim Roth and the film's director Olivier Dahan.

Australian actress Nicole Kidman arrives on the red carpet for the screening of Grace of Monaco and the opening ceremony of the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 14, 2013. The festival runs from May 14 to 25. (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan)

Australian actress Nicole Kidman arrives on the red carpet for
the screening of Grace of Monaco and the opening ceremony of the 67th
Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 14, 2013. The festival runs
from May 14 to 25. (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan)

China's own international stars, Zhang Ziyi and Gong Li, make quite a splash on the red carpet.

Other stars in attendance include Blake Lively, Audrey Tautou and Jane Fonda.

Also on the red carpet is this year's jury, led by jury president, Jane Campion. The New Zealand director won the Palme d'Or for her 1993 movie 'The Piano'.

French actress Audrey Tautou arrives on the red carpet for the opening ceremony of the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 14, 2013. The festival runs from May 14 to 25. (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan)

French actress Audrey Tautou arrives on the red carpet for the
opening ceremony of the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes,
France, May 14, 2013. The festival runs from May
14 to
25. (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan)

After the red carpet, the film festival officially kicks off during an opening ceremony hosted by French actor Lambert Wilson.

Jane Campion calls Cannes "the queen of festivals" in her address. She also touches on a point she made earlier in the day, that the scarcity of female directors in the film industry is "undemocratic", and that sexism in the business keeps many women's films out of view.

Another highlight of the night is host Lambert Wilson dancing with Nicole Kidman in the middle of the audience, echoing an experience they had in Paris a few years ago.

Eighteen films are in competition for the Palme d'Or, the festival's top prize, which will be handed out on May 24th.

Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi arrives on the red carpet for the opening ceremony of the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 14, 2013. The festival runs from May 14 to 25. (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan)

Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi arrives on the red carpet for the opening
ceremony of the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 14,
2013. The festival runs from May 14 to 25. (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan)

Chinese actress Gong Li arrives on the red carpet for the opening ceremony of the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 14, 2013. The festival runs from May 14 to 25. (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan)

Chinese actress Gong Li arrives on the red carpet for the opening
ceremony of the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 14,
2013. The festival runs from May 14 to 25. (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan)

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