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In pictures: Day eight of Cannes

Quentin Tarantino

Film critics got to see director Quentin Tarantino's latest film, Inglourious Basterds, on Wednesday. He said he nearly abandoned the project after struggling to find the right actor to play one part.

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt said he agreed to join the cast after drinking five bottles of wine with Tarantino six weeks before filming began. He plays a US army officer in the film.

Diane Kruger, Quentin Tarantino and Melanie Laurent

French star Melanie Laurent (left) and German actress Diane Kruger (right) accompanied Tarantino at a photocall for the movie, which has been in the works for more than 10 years.

Michel Vuillermoz

Day eight of the event also saw actor Michel Vuillermoz publicise Les Herbes Folles (Wild Grass), a light-hearted comedy.

Actresses Anne Consigny, Sabine Azema, Emmanuelle Devos

Co-stars Anne Consigny, Sabine Azema and Emmanuelle Devos joined him at the photocall. The film was directed by Alain Resnais, who brought Hiroshima, Mon Amour to Cannes 50 years ago.

Director Haim Tabakman and actors Zohar Strauss and Ran Danker

(Left to right) Director Haim Tabakman and actors Zohar Strauss and Ran Danker play for the camera at the photocall for Eyes Wide Open.

Wanida Termthanaporn (left) and Pen-Ek Ratanaruang

Thai actress Wanida Termthanaporn and Thai director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang were also in Cannes to present their Nang Mai (Nymph) presented in the Un Certain Regard section of the festival.

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