French actress Audrey Tautou, who starred in the hit film Amélie, will host this year’s Cannes Film Festival presenting both the opening and closing ceremonies.

The event takes places between 15th -26th May and the actress will follow on from Bérénice  Béjo who hosted the festival last year.

Audrey is known for her famous role in the film Amélie, in addition to major parts in The Da Vinci Code and Coco Before Chanel.

Proceedings will open at 7.15pm on 15th May and close at 7pm on 26th May.

Thierry Fremaux, the festival’s director, is keeping the list of festival contenders under wraps until 18th April. However, we do know that Baz Luhrmann’s film The Great Gatsby will feature as the opening movie bringing big names like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan to the event’s red carpet.

Meanwhile New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion will be presented with the Carrosse d’Or from the Society of Film Directors at the festival. The director won the coveted Palme d’Or – or best film prize – for her movie The Piano back in 1993, and remains the only woman to have won the award.

Last year’s winner of the award was Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan – whose film Once Upon a Time in Anatolia was selected as Turkey’s official entry for the best foreign language film at the Oscars.

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