The Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc, by Cannes in Antibes, France, 1969, photographed by Slim Aarons/Getty Images
Gorgeous sun, incredible beaches, a leisurely jet-set vibe only the French Riviera can bring and…12 days of top-notch films — it could only be the Cannes Film Festival. This year the event, which kicked off on Wednesday and continues till the 24th when the big Palme d’Or winner is announced, features an impressive roster of films from around the world. There’s Taiwan’s Nie Yinniang, about a female assassin from 9th Century China; Italy’s Il Racconto dei Racconti, a fairytale fantasy with ogres, sorcerers, princes and princesses, and France’s Dheepan, which spotlights a trio who, posing as a family, escape from a war-torn Sri Lanka to Paris. Meanwhile, the A-Listers to keep an eye on during this festival season include Cate Blanchett (starring in Carol, based on the Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt), Naomi Watts (in The Sea of Trees, directed by Gus Van Sant) and Rachel Weisz (in The Lobster, alongside Colin Farrell and Léa Seydoux).