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The Latest: Cannes host Bellucci: Film violence mirrors life

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/28/2017
Director Fatih Akin, left, and actress Diane Kruger pose for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press Director Fatih Akin, left, and actress Diane Kruger pose for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

CANNES, France (AP) — The Latest on the Cannes Film Festival (all times local):

Jury members Will Smith, left, and Jessica Chastain pose for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Jury members Will Smith, left, and Jessica Chastain pose for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

7:20 p.m.

Director David Lynch, right, and Emily Stofle pose for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Director David Lynch, right, and Emily Stofle pose for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

The Cannes Film Festival awards show is underway, with Italian actress Monica Bellucci as host.

Director Fatih Akin, left, and actress Diane Kruger pose for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Director Fatih Akin, left, and actress Diane Kruger pose for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

In her opening speech, the Italian actress defended the role of violence in movies, saying they only reflect the violence of the real world.

Actor Joaquin Phoenix poses for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Actor Joaquin Phoenix poses for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

Bellucci said, "Cinema takes its inspiration from reality."

Actress and jury member Uma Thurman poses for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Actress and jury member Uma Thurman poses for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

"Nothing is more violent than reality," she added. "Cinema only plays its role as a mirror."

Jury members Park Chan-wook, from left, Will Smith and Maren Ade pose for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press Jury members Park Chan-wook, from left, Will Smith and Maren Ade pose for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

The festival has handed out its first award: the Golden Camera prize to Leonor Serraille for her French movie "Young Woman."

Actress Juliette Binoche poses for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press Actress Juliette Binoche poses for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

The Camera d'Or is awarded to the best first film, with 26 films vying for it this year.

Actress and jury member Uma Thurman poses for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) © The Associated Press Actress and jury member Uma Thurman poses for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Bellucci also spoke out about the representation of women in the world of cinema. Three female filmmakers have movies among the 19 in competition this year for Cannes' highest honor, the Palme d'Or.

Actress Marina Hands poses for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Actress Marina Hands poses for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

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Director Lynne Ramsay and actor Joaquin Phoenix pose for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press Director Lynne Ramsay and actor Joaquin Phoenix pose for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

7:10 p.m.

Jury members Paolo Sorrentino, from left, Agnès Jaoui, Gabriel Yared, Fan Bingbing, Pedro Almodovar, Jessica Chastain, Park Chan-wook, Maren Ade and Will Smith pose for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press Jury members Paolo Sorrentino, from left, Agnès Jaoui, Gabriel Yared, Fan Bingbing, Pedro Almodovar, Jessica Chastain, Park Chan-wook, Maren Ade and Will Smith pose for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Among those spotted on the Cannes red carpet ahead of the award ceremony was filmmaker Robin Campillo. His AIDS drama "120 Beats Per Minute" earned some of the best reviews of the festival.

Jury member Fan Bingbing poses for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Jury member Fan Bingbing poses for photographers upon arrival at the award ceremony at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 28, 2017. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

Campillo told French broadcaster Canal Plus he had returned to Paris after the screening of his film, but returned after getting a call asking him back for Sunday's award ceremony.

Does that suggest a possible Palme d'Or? Time will tell.

Campillo's movie centers on the activist group ACT UP in Paris in the 1990s during the AIDS crisis.

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7:05 p.m.

The red carpet at Cannes is humming with stars ahead of the ceremony that will award the coveted Palme d'Or prize.

Two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain, looking fabulous in a white dress with red patterning on the front, said she and other members of the jury led by Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar wrestled Sunday with "a very difficult choice."

The actress told broadcaster Canal Plus, "We saw beautiful films."

Fellow jury member Will Smith was bubbly as ever, saying: "I'm ecstatic. This has been a beautiful experience."

Diane Kruger, in a sober black dress, said: "My heart is beating very, very fast."

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5:51 p.m.

The Cannes Film Festival Jury has done its job. But its president isn't letting slip which film it has picked for the coveted Palme d'Or award.

Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar told a French BFM television reporter who managed to squeeze a few words out of him that the award deliberations Sunday were "very fast."

Almodovar said: "We did our work."

But for the names of the winners: Stay tuned.

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4:41 p.m.

The Cannes Film Festival is gearing up to award its prestigious Palme d'Or at a glitzy award ceremony.

No single movie has emerged as the clear favorite among the 19 in competition for the coveted prize being awarded Sunday evening.

Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar presided over the competition jury. Almodovar has made clear that he doesn't want the Palme d'Or, the festival's top prize, to go to a movie that isn't shown on big screens.

That could bode ill for Bong Joon-ho's "Okja" and Noah Baumbach's "The Meyerowitz Stories," the first Netflix releases ever selected to be in competition for the Palme d'Or.

Regarded as cinema's most prestigious festival, Cannes is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Organizers have declared that next year, streaming-only films will not be accepted for the competition.

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