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Woody Allen Film Opens Cannes Film Festival

From left, actors Owen Wilson and Lea Seydoux stand with Director Woody Allen as they arrive for the screening of 'Midnight in Paris' and the opening ceremony, at the 64th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, May 11, 2011.

American director Woody Allen's latest work Midnight in Paris, featuring a cameo appearance by French first lady Carla Bruni, opened this year's Cannes film festival to applause on Wednesday.

Allen's romantic comedy was shot in Paris and tells the story of a young man exploring his relationship to art, history and life. The movie, like all of those presented at the 12-day annual festival, will be judged by a panel led by actor Robert de Niro.

Bruni, the wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, did not make it to the red-carpet extravaganza, which is held amid yachts and Hollywood celebrities on the French Riviera.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.