Uma Thurman swept into the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday for the opening day ceremonies. Thurman, pictured here, joins a glamorous jury that includes Jude Law and Robert DeNiro as its chairman. Thurman attended the world premiere of Woody Allen's new film Midnight in Paris. The premiere was also attended by Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith.

Paris, which stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Adrien Brody, who were among the evening's other guests, was generally well received with many saying that the film was Allen's best work in years. Despite reports that she could not remember her lines, former model Carla Bruni, wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, acquitted herself well in the film. Paris follows the adventure of an American writer in The City of Lights with his fiance (McAdams) as great American ex-patriot writers like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein help him find his muse.

Also screening on Wednesday was Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty. On Thursday, cinephiles were eagerly awaiting the premiere of Gus Van Sant's Restless. —ERIK MEERS in Cannes


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