14 May 2009

Cannes begins with 3D animation film

6:46 am on 14 May 2009

The Cannes film festival opens on Wednesday, with a screening of an animated comedy in 3D.

Up - from Disney's Pixar studio - is the opening movie. It tells the tale of an old widower and a boy scout who float off to South America in a house borne aloft by a coloured balloons.

It is compared to the sentimental style of filmmakers like Frank Capra in the 1940s and 1950s.

The festival includes several past winners of the Palme d'Or award: Quentin Tarantino, Ken Loach and Jane Campion.

Tarantino's entry is a World War II movie Inglourious Basterds starring Brad Pitt.

Former Manchester United soccer star Eric Cantona appears as himself in Loach's Looking for Eric.

Bright Star by Campion is based on a romance between 19th century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne.

Penelope Cruz stars in Pedro Almodovar's Broken Embraces.

Spring Fever by Lou Ye was made in defiance of a five-year ban on film making imposed by China for his previous movie Summer Palace.