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Wednesday, 10 May, 2000, 06:07 GMT 07:07 UK
Cinema world turns to Cannes

The annual Cannes Film Festival opens today on the French Riviera with a strong Asian flavour, but unusually no entries from Italy.

Twenty-three films are in the official competition over the next eleven days, six of them from Asia, including the first ever at the festival from South Korea.

And a film from Iran, The Black Picture, is creating a great deal of interest as its director, Samira Makhmalbaf, is at twenty the youngest ever to compete.

The festival opens with a big budget French production, Vatel, by Roland Joffe and starring Gerard Depardieu.

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