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Empire Guide To CannesIn Association With Stella Artois
Great Cannes Openers
8 of the finest films to open the Cannes Film Festival
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Great Cannes Openers
Ridicule (1996)

While Danny Boyle's hard-partying Trainspotting crew had a crack at turning Cannes into Ibiza Town, another hedonist treat opened the festival. Ridicule, Patrice Leconte's acidic comedy of manners set in the Versailles court of Louis XVI, boasted wordplay sharp enough to cut glass, back-biting, political intrigue and decadence to bath in. No wonder it went down so well with the assembled film industry types. It was Leconte's second Cannes screening - his first, 1989 thriller Monsieur Hire, was also well-received - but this time festival plaudits were a springboard to a Miramax deal and an Oscar nomination.





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