Almodovar opens Cannes

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12 May 2004, CANNES – Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar opened the 57th Cannes film festival Wednesday for the first time.

12 May 2004

CANNES – Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar opened the 57th Cannes film festival Wednesday for the first time.

Amid tight security in the wake of terrorist attacks in Spain, Almodovar's new film 'La Mala Educacion' (Bad Education) started off the international festival.

But the day before the festival started, a suspect bag was discovered at the airport, sparking a security scare.

Protestors have also complained the festival is only for Hollywood, prompting organisers to give them a theatre to hold a meeting.

Almodovar's film has the prestigious place as the first to begin the festival, but other films are also tipped for prizes.

Other highly praised films include Fahrenheit 9/11, directed by controversial comic Michael Moore.

It is about the alleged corruption in the White House before the Twin Towers terrorist attacks.  

Also on is Michelangelo's Gaze, a short film by the cult 92-year-old director Michelangelo Antonioni.

Another critically-acclaimed film is 2046, directed by  Wong Kar-Wai, and set in Hong Kong in 2046.

But for Latin American audiences there is The Motorcycle Diaries, directed by Walter Salles. The film is about the journals of the youthful Che Guevara as he crossed South America in the 1950s.

The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, directed by Stephen Hopkins, is a biopic about the famous British comic.

On the jury will be Quentin Tarantino, together with actresses Kathleen Turner, Emmanuelle Beart and Tilda Swinton.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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