Brutal scenes kick off Cannes film contest
Updated: 2013-05-17 14:25
Director Amat Escalante (C) poses with cast members Armando Espitia (R) and Andrea Vergara during a photocall for the film 'Heli' during the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 16, 2013
A man stripped to his underwear, his mouth covered with duct tape, hangs from an overpass - the brutal opening scenes of the movie kick-starting the main competition for the Cannes film festival.
True to the variety on offer at the influential jamboree, the second picture on Thursday began with a shot of a nubile young woman sunbathing topless on a beach, watched by a voyeur.
"Heli" by Mexican director Amat Escalante and "Jeune & Jolie" by France's Francois Ozon were the first two of 20 films competing for the event's coveted Palme D'Or award.
Director and jury member Ang Lee praised the diversity on offer at the 12-day event on the French Riviera.
"There are different political, social issues, different styles, (the) different charm and charisma of certain filmmakers," said Lee, who won the 2013 Oscar for Best Director with his "Life of Pi".
"I hope that there is something that just wows us. Something that we cannot even verbalize and we'll all look at each other: 'Oh my God, that's a Palme d'Or!' I hope that happens," he told reporters on Wednesday night.
Cannes Film Festival 2013 2013-05-14 15:40
Jackie Chan promotes 'Skiptrace' in Cannes 2013-05-17 13:44
Emma Watson for 'The Bling Ring' in Cannes 2013-05-17 10:02
Zhang Ziyi poses for photocall in Cannes 2013-05-17 09:36
'Jeune & Jolie' screens in Cannes 2013-05-17 09:05
Today's Top News
Tech has key role in boosting imports
Foreign investment sought in industrial upgrade
EU telecom threat fuels trade tensions
Cabinet to reduce red tape
FDI growth up for 3rd month
Taiwan to investigate slaying
Yuan appreciation burdens exporters
Demand for gold at record high in Q1
Lunar probe , China growth forecasts, Emission rules get tougher, China seen through 'colored lens', International board,
A hard life on ocean wave
Sex case takes a new turn
Micro blogs help fight graft
Special: Have some more tea
Quake prompts growth in NGOs