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Thursday, 11 May, 2000, 11:13 GMT 12:13 UK
In pictures: Film festival opens
Stars of the silver screen turned on the charm for the 53rd Cannes film festival. Despite gloomy weather, the film industry's rich and famous paraded in their finest for the official opening.

Depardieu and Thurman
Daytime arrivals: Actors Gerard Depardieu and Uma Thurman pose for the paparazzi
jury
Jury president Luc Besson with jury members Nicole Garcia, Arundhati Roy, Kristin Scott Thomas and Aitanan Shanchez-Gijon
Samira Makhmalbaf
Iranian Samira Makhmalbaf, aged 20, is the youngest director ever in competition - her film is Black Board
Roland Joffe
English director Roland Joffe's film Vatel opened the festival on Wednesday night
Holly Hunter
Official opening: American actress Holly Hunter arrives at the festival palace for the screening
schiffer, Gong Li and McDowell
Model Claudia Schiffer and actresses Andie MacDowell and Gong Li pose outside the palace
Adriana Sklenarikova
Wonderbra model Adriana Sklenarikova shows off her jewels
jury
Nicole Garcia, Luc Besson, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon and Kristin Scott Thomas line-up for the cameras
Wim Wenders, Huppert
Chic: German director Wim Wenders and French actress Isabelle Huppert
Uma Thurman
Dolled up: Uma Thurman puts on a show for the opening ceremony
Calista Flockhart
Calista Flockhart - TV's Ally McBeal - braves the opening night rain
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