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The 75th Cannes Film Festival kicked off yesterday following two years of disruptions amid the pandemic, with 21 films competing for the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or. This year’s event opened with the premiere of zombie comedy “Final Cut” and will feature films such as the Elvis Presley biopic “Elvis” and Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun: Maverick.” In addition, actor Forest Whitaker was presented with an honorary Palme d’Or at the opening ceremony as a lifetime achievement award. See a preview of films here.
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a former actor, addressed the opening ceremony via satellite in attempt to garner support for his country’s efforts in the war against Russia. The festival will screen the final film from a Lithuanian filmmaker killed in Mariupol in April.
The festival will run through May 28. See highlights from the red carpet here.