Brutal scenes kick off Cannes film contest
Updated: 2013-05-17 14:25
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.
"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.