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The 2013 Cannes film festival opens on Wednesday with Baz Luhrmann's 3D version of The Great Gatsby, a lavish throwback to the 'Roaring Twenties' that befits the glamour and excess of the world's biggest cinema showcase.
Despite criticism of an all-male lineup last year, only one woman director has made the 2013 competition. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, sister of former French first lady Carla Bruni, is in the field with 'Un Chateau en Italie'.The sidebar section, Un Certain Regard, set up to recognise young filmmakers, will feature 19 films including 'The Bling Ring' by Sofia Coppola starring Harry Potter actress Emma Watson about a real-life gang stealing from celebrities' homes. "It is a strong line-up this year looking at the names of the directors, especially those in competition," said Wendy Mitchell, editor of the magazine Screen International. "There are some very sellable films this year and the fact that business was down at the Berlin festival (in February) usually means that there will be keen buyers at Cannes."