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Clooney, Roberts set to shine at Cannes

dpadpa 12/05/2016

George Clooney and Julia Roberts are in Cannes for the red carpet screening of Jodie Foster's Money Monster.

Hollywood takes centre stage at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday when George Clooney and Julia Roberts walk the red carpet for their new movie, Money Monster.

Clooney stars as a television financial markets host, who is taken hostage by an irate investor, while Roberts plays his producer trying frantically to release him in the Jodie Foster directed film.

The movie, which shows the standoff unfolding on live TV, is to be screened out of competition, which means that it is not in the running for any of the festival's coveted prizes, including the Palme d'Or for best picture.

Romanian director Cristi Puiu will also join French director Alain Guiraudie on Thursday to help to launch the race for the Palme d'Or with two different portrayals of family life.

Puiu and Guiraudie's films are two of the 21 movies competing for the festival's prestigious prizes, which are to handed out at an awards ceremony on May 22.

Set in Bucharest shortly after last year's deadly attacks on the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, a 40-year-old doctor, Lary, joins a family gathering to commemorate his dead father.

But the event is marred by a fierce discussion at the gathering, which forces Lary to reconsider his place in his family.

Guiraudie's Rester Vertical (Staying Vertical) comes three years after his critically acclaimed gay thriller L'Inconnu du Lac (Stranger by the Lake).

In Rester Vertical, Guiraudie tells the story of a filmmaker Leo, who is left to care for his baby son after the mother abandoned them.

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