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72nd Cannes Film Festival opens with Jarmusch's 'The Dead Don't Die' and a tribute to French filmmaker Agnes Varda

Updated : 2019-05-15 10:37:13

The Cannes Film Festival opened Tuesday with the premiere of Jim Jarmusch's zombie movie "The Dead Don't Die," passionate words from jury president Alejandro Iñárritu on US President Donald Trump's plans for a Mexican border wall, and a director's chair left empty in tribute to the late Agnes Varda. It's the first time a zombie flick has opened the festival on the French Riviera. The film, starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver and Tilda Swinton, opened the 72nd edition of the festival with a bloody and droll apocalyptic tale inspired by George Romero. The opening ceremony began with a chair marked "Agnes V." to commemorate the French New Wave pioneer, who died in March at age 90, and performance of "Without You," from Varda's landmark 1962 film "Cleo From 5 to 7," by the Belgian singer Angele. Iñárritu, the Mexican-born filmmaker of "Birdman" and "The Revenant," is the first Latin American to preside over the jury that decides Cannes' top honor, the Palme d'Or. Addressing reporters earlier in the day alongside fellow jury members, Iñárritu drew a parallel between the rhetoric of Trump to that of the 1930s. This year's Cannes arrives with the usual swirl of celebrity and controversy. Among the starrier films debuting at the festival on the French Riviera will be Quentin Tarantino's 1969 Los Angeles tale "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" and the Elton John biopic "Rocketman." Also on tap are the latest from renowned auteurs Pedro Almodóvar, Terrence Malick and the Dardennes brothers. Also of interest will be the debut from Mati Diop, "Atlantique," which marks the first black female filmmaker in competition in Cannes.

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A security guard stands in front of the red carpet leading to the Palais des Festival at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
A security guard stands in front of the red carpet leading to the Palais des Festival at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
A view of the Hotel Martinez in Cannes during the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 13, 2019. The Cannes film festival runs from May 14th until May 25th, 2019. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
A view of the Hotel Martinez in Cannes during the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 13, 2019. The Cannes film festival runs from May 14th until May 25th, 2019. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
A view of the Palais des Festivals during the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 13, 2019. The Cannes film festival runs from May 14th until May 25th, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
A view of the Palais des Festivals during the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 13, 2019. The Cannes film festival runs from May 14th until May 25th, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Festival goers walk by the Palais des Festivals during the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 13, 2019. The Cannes film festival runs from May 14th until May 25th, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Festival goers walk by the Palais des Festivals during the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 13, 2019. The Cannes film festival runs from May 14th until May 25th, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
A woman passes by a mural of Marilyn Monroe during the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 13, 2019. The Cannes film festival runs from May 14th until May 25th, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
A woman passes by a mural of Marilyn Monroe during the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 13, 2019. The Cannes film festival runs from May 14th until May 25th, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
A cyclist passes a poster promoting Cannes during the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 13, 2019. The Cannes film festival runs from May 14th until May 25th, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
A cyclist passes a poster promoting Cannes during the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 13, 2019. The Cannes film festival runs from May 14th until May 25th, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Actor Bill Murray speaks with a police officer upon arrival at the opening ceremony and the premiere of the film 'The Dead Don't Die' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Actor Bill Murray speaks with a police officer upon arrival at the opening ceremony and the premiere of the film 'The Dead Don't Die' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Actress Selena Gomez, right, shares a joke with actor Bill Murray upon arrival at the opening ceremony and the premiere of the film 'The Dead Don't Die' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Actress Selena Gomez, right, shares a joke with actor Bill Murray upon arrival at the opening ceremony and the premiere of the film 'The Dead Don't Die' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Actress Tilda Swinton poses for photographers upon arrival at the opening ceremony and the premiere of the film 'The Dead Don't Die' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Actress Tilda Swinton poses for photographers upon arrival at the opening ceremony and the premiere of the film 'The Dead Don't Die' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Actors Chloe Sevigny, from right, Selena Gomez, Adam Driver, Luka Sabbat, Tilda Swinton, Sara Driver, director Jim Jarmusch, and actor Bill Murray, left, pose for photographers upon arrival at the opening ceremony and the premiere of the film 'The Dead Don't Die' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Actors Chloe Sevigny, from right, Selena Gomez, Adam Driver, Luka Sabbat, Tilda Swinton, Sara Driver, director Jim Jarmusch, and actor Bill Murray, left, pose for photographers upon arrival at the opening ceremony and the premiere of the film 'The Dead Don't Die' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Jury members Robin Campillo, from left, Kelly Reichardt, Pawel Pawlikowski, jury president Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, jury members Maimouna N'Diaye, Elle Fanning, Alice Rohrwacher, Enki Bilal and Yorgos Lanthimos pose for photographers at the photo call for the jury at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Jury members Robin Campillo, from left, Kelly Reichardt, Pawel Pawlikowski, jury president Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, jury members Maimouna N'Diaye, Elle Fanning, Alice Rohrwacher, Enki Bilal and Yorgos Lanthimos pose for photographers at the photo call for the jury at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Jury members Pawel Pawlikowski, from left, Elle Fanning, Yorgos Lanthimos, Maimouna N'Diaye, jury president Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, jury members Kelly Reichardt, Enki Bilal, Alice Rohrwacher and Robin Campillo poses for photographers at the press conference for the jury at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Jury members Pawel Pawlikowski, from left, Elle Fanning, Yorgos Lanthimos, Maimouna N'Diaye, jury president Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, jury members Kelly Reichardt, Enki Bilal, Alice Rohrwacher and Robin Campillo poses for photographers at the press conference for the jury at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Singer Jessica Jung arrives at the opening ceremony and the premiere of the film 'The Dead Don't Die' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Singer Jessica Jung arrives at the opening ceremony and the premiere of the film 'The Dead Don't Die' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Singer Jessica Jung poses for photographers upon arrival at the opening ceremony and the premiere of the film 'The Dead Don't Die' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Singer Jessica Jung poses for photographers upon arrival at the opening ceremony and the premiere of the film 'The Dead Don't Die' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Jury Member Maimouna N'Diaye attends a news conference on May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Jury Member Maimouna N'Diaye attends a news conference on May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Jury President of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, and Jury members Alice Rohrwacher, Elle Fanning and Maimouna N'Diaye pose in Cannes, France, May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Jury President of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, and Jury members Alice Rohrwacher, Elle Fanning and Maimouna N'Diaye pose in Cannes, France, May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Jury Member of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival Elle Fanning poses in Cannes, France, May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
Jury Member of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival Elle Fanning poses in Cannes, France, May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
Jury President of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu poses in Cannes, France, May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
Jury President of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu poses in Cannes, France, May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
Jury members Robin Campillo, from back left, Alice Rohrwacher, Kelly Reichardt, Enki Bilal, jury president Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, from front left, jury members Elle Fanning, Pawel Pawlikowski and Maimouna N'Diaye during the opening ceremony at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Jury members Robin Campillo, from back left, Alice Rohrwacher, Kelly Reichardt, Enki Bilal, jury president Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, from front left, jury members Elle Fanning, Pawel Pawlikowski and Maimouna N'Diaye during the opening ceremony at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Jury members Alice Rohrwacher, from left, Robin Campillo, Yorgos Lanthimos, Kelly Reichardt, actor Javier Bardem, Charlotte Gainsbourg, jury member Elle Fanning, jury president Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, jury members Pawel Pawlikowski, Maimouna N'Diaye and Enki Bilal during the opening ceremony at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Jury members Alice Rohrwacher, from left, Robin Campillo, Yorgos Lanthimos, Kelly Reichardt, actor Javier Bardem, Charlotte Gainsbourg, jury member Elle Fanning, jury president Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, jury members Pawel Pawlikowski, Maimouna N'Diaye and Enki Bilal during the opening ceremony at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
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