Woman’s world at Cannes

The evening gowns glittered, the red carpet was unfurled — and the 3-Dglasses were at hand as the 62nd Cannes Film Festival opened yesterday.<br />

The evening gowns glittered, the red carpet was unfurled — and the 3-D glasses were at hand as the 62nd Cannes Film Festival opened yesterday.

Organizers were hoping the opener, the soaring 3-D adventure Up, would provide a buoyant start before the festival plunges into 12 days of movies that take in passion, murder, Korean vampires and a band of Nazi-hunters led by Brad Pitt.

Soon members of the jury, led by French actress Isabelle Huppert would be wrangling over which auteurs — from a slate that includes Pedro Almodovar, Ang Lee, Quentin Tarantino and Ken Loach — should receive Cannes’ coveted prizes. But on Wednesday, Huppert was in a gentle mood.

“I don’t think we are here to judge,” she said. “I think we are here to love films — and to see what we love more than others.”

Huppert is one of only a handful of women ever to head the jury at the world’s most prestigious film festival.

She said the numbers didn’t bother her: her predecessors — who include Sophia Loren and Liv Ullmann — were “women who count for a lot.”

 
 
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