Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Cannes opens with DiCaprio film

Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan pose for photographers in Cannes

The Great Gatsby's director Baz Luhrmann says he didn't expect rave reviews for the film.

The 3-D adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's novel, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, is set to open the Cannes Film Festival, which began on a rainy Wednesday.

In a press conference at the famous film festival, the cast came in sailing on popular success if not great reviews.

"I knew that would come," said the director, noting the initially poor critical response in 1925 to the novel. "I just care that people are going out there and seeing it."

But Gatsby opened with a strong performance at the box office, taking in 51.1 million dollars. The film is making its European premiere at Cannes on Wednesday night, nearly a week after opening in North America.

Such timing is atypical for Cannes, but the glamorous, flashy film is otherwise perfectly in line with the glitzy festival. It also returns Leonardo, who stars as Jay Gatsby, to the festival's famous red carpet.

After the director noted that the film had pushed Fitzgerald's novel to the top of the bestseller list (selling more copies in a week than in the author's lifetime), Leonardo added with a grin: "And a little film adaptation is doing quite well at the box office."

Steven Spielberg is serving as jury president of this year's Cannes, presiding over a particularly starry group including Nicole Kidman, Ang Lee and Christoph Waltz. They were to be introduced later Wednesday ahead of the evening opening ceremony.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Virgo:

Coming to a loved one's rescue fills you with pride. You have good instincts about how to help people. Although a partner's ways can be irritating, it does give you pleasure to make order from their chaotic life. Are you single? You could meet someone special through a mutual friend. It's not easy for you to let down your defences with casual acquaintances. A compassionate person will make you feel less self conscious. You may find yourselves chatting as if you've known each other for years.More