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Film fans descend on 61st Cannes festival
Andy Brownstone
Newsbeat reporter in Cannes


I can't believe how many film fans there are out here, and I can't believe the lengths they'll go to for a glimpse of the stars.

Outside our office there's a kerb, which seems to have become home to some seriously serious film fans over the last few days.

They sit there in the sun all day, some with fold-up chairs, some with ladders, all with lots of patience.

Die-hard fans

There are 22 films up for the famous Palm D'Or award this year, that is 22 premieres for the die-hards to queue up for.

Swarms of French police have been marching in to patrol the metal railings that separate the fans from the stars.

The movie lovers queue for hours before the screenings start, but there's so many of them, and they're kept well back, so I can't imagine they'll see much more than a policeman's shoulder, or at best, a famous behind.

Outside the premiere there's a lot of movie buffs wearing cocktail dresses and tuxedos, holding signs begging for tickets and passes to get inside.

Monica, Valentina and Rachel are all film studies students hoping to blag in to see Blindness on the opening night.

Monica says she's willing to pay for a ticket, but reckons you should be able to get one for free if you "hit the right person".

I'm guessing she doesn't mean it literally.

Opening night

Valentina has already managed to get a free pass.

"I got a tap on the shoulder and this couple just gave me one. I guess it must be my hat, winning smile and charm that did it," she said.

Her friend Rachel hasn't been so lucky yet, but remains hopeful.

She added: "It's about seeing the stars, it's a great rush. Some of the older students at our uni have done it in past years and told us to do the same."

Apparently one of their mates ended up sitting in the same row as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at the premiere of Oceans 13 last year.

I find that hard to believe, especially considering I'm sharing an internet connection with four other people and have to queue to use the loos.

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