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Cannes draws to an end

Highlights of the Cannes film festival, which ended in France on Sunday.

india Updated: May 24, 2010 13:35 IST

Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett kicked off the festival with the blockbuster Robin Hood. Blanchett charmed the red carpet while Crowe's odd accent in the title role brought him some unwanted publicity in Britain.

Spaniard Javier Bardem and British actress Lesley Manville moved audiences with two of the most acclaimed performances of the festival: Bardem in Biutiful by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Manville in Mike Leigh's Another Year.

British-born, Australian-raised actress Naomi Watts was judged one of the belles of the festival hall, with two red carpet appearances: for Woody Allen's comedy, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger and political thriller, Fair Game.

The festival and the French government condemned the jailing of Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi, who was prevented from sitting on the festival jury. French actress Juliette Binoche wept upon hearing that Panahi was on hunger strike.

Japanese cult film-maker Beat Takeshi (Takeshi Kitano) turned audiences' stomachs with a brutal scene involving a dentist's drill in his ultra-violent Yakuza gangster saga Outrage.

Asia made a mark at the festival, from the erotic frissons of South Korean film, The Housemaid, to the sheer dottiness of Thailand's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, featuring humanoid monkeys and an amorous cat fish.

New Wave pioneer filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard didn't turn up to plug his entry film, Socialism, in the Un Certain Regard section, cryptically citing "problems of a Greek type".

US star Sean Penn failed to attend the premiere of his film Fair Game: he was testifying to the US Senate on Haiti's earthquake.

Freida Pinto, who has a supporting role in Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Dark Stranger, which premiered at Cannes, was also too busy to show up because she was shooting.