Controversial Nicole Kidman Film Opens Cannes
Nicole Kidman's controversial portrayal of Grace Kelly will open the 67th Cannes Film Festival.
Kidman stars as the actress who married Monaco's Prince Rainier, played by Tim Roth in a biopic that has been criticised by the principality's royal family.
The two got married after meeting at the festival in 1955, and Grace Of Monaco concentrates on Kelly's life after the wedding.
The film's release has been delayed amid rumours of clashes between the director and studio.
Prince Albert II and his sisters Caroline and Stephanie have said the film is inaccurate.
Stephanie of Monaco told the local daily Nice Matin: "This film should never have existed."
Director Olivier Dahan told the same newspaper the family had not seen it and were purely going on the trailer.
The biggest prize up for grabs during the 12-day festival in the south of France is the prestigious Palme d'Or, and there are two British hopes in veteran directors Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, who have both won the award before.
Leigh is in contention for biopic Mr Turner, which focuses on the painter JMW Turner and features Timothy Spall in the lead role.
Loach's offering, Jimmy's Hall, the true story of an Irish communist who ran a dance hall, is being shown next week.
A total of sixteen other films are in the running.
They include Tommy Lee Jones' western The Homesman, which stars Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank, and Foxcatcher, the story of Olympic wrestling champion Mark Schultz which features Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Sienna Miller.
The director behind the Oscar-winning The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius, is back with The Search, which is also on the list.
Ryan Gosling's directorial debut Lost River is one of the films being shown out of competition.
Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger will make an appearance on board a tank to promote The Expendables 3.
On the last day of the festival there will be a showing of the 1964 Italian-made spaghetti western A Fistful Of Dollars, hosted by director Quentin Tarantino.
An estimated 127,000 visitors are expected in the riviera resort for the festival, which is the subject of a heavy security presence after thieves made off with jewels worth millions of pounds last year.
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