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Cannes fetes itself with massive 70th anniversary bash

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/23/2017 By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer
Previous former Palme d'or winners from left, Michael Haneke, Ken Loach, Claude Lelouch, Roman Polanski and Jerry Schatzberg pose for photographers upon arrival at the 70th Anniversary of the film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press Previous former Palme d'or winners from left, Michael Haneke, Ken Loach, Claude Lelouch, Roman Polanski and Jerry Schatzberg pose for photographers upon arrival at the 70th Anniversary of the film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival threw a star-studded celebration Tuesday for its 70th anniversary, drawing mobs of celebrities and a dozen former Palme d'Or winners to commemorate the illustrious French Riviera festival's birthday.

Actors and directors form former Cannes selections pose for photographers during the photo call for the 70th Anniversary of the international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press Actors and directors form former Cannes selections pose for photographers during the photo call for the 70th Anniversary of the international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Big names from across cinema streamed down the Cannes red carpet Tuesday night for a ceremony. Earlier in the day, the festival gathered more than 100 current and former Cannes participants for a "Cannes family portrait."

Jury members from left, Jessica Chastain, Pedro Almodovar, Fan Bingbing, Will Smith and Maren Ade pose for photographers upon arrival at the 70th Anniversary of the film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press Jury members from left, Jessica Chastain, Pedro Almodovar, Fan Bingbing, Will Smith and Maren Ade pose for photographers upon arrival at the 70th Anniversary of the film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Among the many in attendance were Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Tilda Swinton, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard and Jessica Chastain. Then there were others like Guillermo del Toro, George Miller and Alejandro Inarritu.

Director Roman Polanski, centre, takes photographs as poses with former Palme d'or winners for photographers upon arrival at the 70th Anniversary of the film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press Director Roman Polanski, centre, takes photographs as poses with former Palme d'or winners for photographers upon arrival at the 70th Anniversary of the film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

The most honored guests, though, were the former Palme d'Or winners, several of whom have films at this year's festival. On hand were Roman Polanski, David Lynch, Jane Campion, Ken Loach, Bernardo Bertolucci, Michael Haneke and others. They were seated in the front row for the photo and the last to walk the Cannes red carpet Tuesday night.

Actors and directors form former Cannes selections pose for photographers during the photo call for the 70th Anniversary of the international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press Actors and directors form former Cannes selections pose for photographers during the photo call for the 70th Anniversary of the international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Isabelle Huppert opened the ceremony by singing happy birthday to the festival. She then tweaked the festival's questionable record of gender equality.

Festival director Thierry Fremeaux, centre, poses with actors and directors form former Cannes selections for photographers during the photo call for the 70th Anniversary of the international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press Festival director Thierry Fremeaux, centre, poses with actors and directors form former Cannes selections for photographers during the photo call for the 70th Anniversary of the international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

"Seventy years of Cannes, 76 Palme d'Or (winners), only one of them has gone to a woman. No comment," said Huppert. Champion is the lone female filmmaker to win the Palme d'Or, though actresses Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux shared in the win for "Blue is the Warmest Color."

Actors and directors form former Cannes selections pose for photographers during the photo call for the 70th Anniversary of the international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press Actors and directors form former Cannes selections pose for photographers during the photo call for the 70th Anniversary of the international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Huppert also called on American filmmakers to bring Gene Hackman out of retirement "any way necessary — even Netflix!" she said before admonishing: "Don't tweet that!"

Actress Marion Cotillard poses for photographers upon arrival at the 70th Anniversary of the film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press Actress Marion Cotillard poses for photographers upon arrival at the 70th Anniversary of the film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Some of the festivities were curtailed following Monday night's fatal explosion in Manchester, England. Fireworks planned for later in the evening were scuttled. Cannes President Pierre Lescure said during the ceremony that "Cinema is with Manchester."

Actors and directors from former Cannes selections pose for photographers during the photo call for the 70th Anniversary of the international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Actors and directors from former Cannes selections pose for photographers during the photo call for the 70th Anniversary of the international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

The sheer congregation of movie stars and filmmakers from around the world led to some remarkable images. When the festival played "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" on the red carpet, Smith grooved alongside fellow jury members Chastain and Pedro Almodovar.

Actress Charlize Theron, centre, with Bernice Bejo, left and Juliette Binoche smiles as actors and directors from former Cannes selections pose for photographers during the photo call for the 70th Anniversary of the international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Actress Charlize Theron, centre, with Bernice Bejo, left and Juliette Binoche smiles as actors and directors from former Cannes selections pose for photographers during the photo call for the 70th Anniversary of the international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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