Date: 15th May 2013
Leonardo DiCaprio has described the Cannes Film Festival as an "insane experience" but also hailed it as the "mecca for the world to celebrate filmmaking".
The 66th Cannes festival kicks off this week with Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby, The (2012), a 3-D extravaganza starring Leonardo, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire.
Audrey Tautou will host the opening ceremony, while Steven Spielberg is presiding over the jury that will choose the winner of the prestigious Palme d'Or award.
Leo said: "Every time I go to Cannes, it feels like I'm entering the helicopter scene in La Dolce Vita. It's an insane experience. The entire town is turned into a red carpet. Every hotel is a premiere. But at the same time, it is the mecca for the world to celebrate filmmaking and bold filmmaking."
Several films expected to have a big presence come Oscar season will premiere at Cannes, including Ryan Gosling's second collaboration with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn, the Bangkok noir Only God Forgives, which promises to be one of the most thrillingly violent films at the festival.
Much of the world's attention will be focused on the 20 films competing for the prestigious Palme d'Or.
Source: Press Release