Emmanuel Macron is reported to be a keen ally of the arts, and of film in particular. His former drama teacher wife Brigitte is expected to attend the 12-day Festival, which is expected to boost the economy by as much as £170 million.
Last year the festival was hit by heavy thunderstorm, security fears and a seeming indifference from Hollywood A listers. However this year bright sunshine is forecast for the rest of the festival. Unfortunately the festival is still subject to sold-out hotels and luxury hotel suites going for an amazing £35,000 a night.
British hopes rest on “You Were Never really Here”, starring Joaquin Phoenix, but faces stiff competition for Sophia Coppola’s “The Beguiled” for the coveted Palme d’Or award.