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The 15 Most Exciting Movies At Cannes 2013
Empire's guide to the brightest and best on the Croisette

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The Cannes Film Festival is one place in the world you’re safe from the latest Scary Movie clusterbomb – outside the Marché, at least – and it kicks off on May 15 with films, fanfare and more glad-handing than a jazz-age version of Fingermouse. Empire will be there, hob-nobbing with cinema’s great and good, lily-padding from yacht to yacht, and generally getting the buzz on the festival’s movies, big and small. Here are 15 we’ll be keeping a particularly beady eye on.

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The Great Gatsby

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Director: Baz Luhrmann

By now you’ll know all about Baz Luhrmann’s breathlessly urgent take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. What you may not know is that the movie’s arrival in Cannes is a homecoming of sorts for both director and author. Fitzgerald wrote part of his classic novel just up the coast, while Baz – sorry, Le Baz – was given the visiting-hero treatment when he came to Cannes with Strictly Ballroom 21 years ago, and again when Moulin Rouge! opened the show in 2001. Will his cine-lit opus in 3D – after Up, the second ever Cannes opener in three dimensions – make it third time lucky?

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