Robert De Niro and his wife Grace Hightower made a rare red carpet appearance together at Cannes Film Festival on Friday.
It was an occasion of great sentimental value for Robert De Niro, a screening of his 1984 classic Once Upon A Time In America.
The cast, including Jennifer Connelly and James Woods, came together at the Film Festival to watch a re-cut and restored version of the film by Sergio Leone.
Grace Hightower looked proud at Robert De Niro’ side, and the pair kept their arms around each other for much of the evening.
Robert De Niro and his wife Grace Hightower made a rare red carpet appearance together at Cannes Film Festival on Friday
The couple welcomed a new baby girl Helen Grace via a surrogate in December.
Robert De Niro has four other children – daughter Drena, 40, and son Raphael, 35, with former wife Diahnne Abbott, as well as 16-year-old twin sons Julian and Aaron, born via surrogate with ex-girlfriend Toukie Smith.
The actor and Grace Hightowerhave been married for almost 14 years but are rarely photographed together, choosing to keep their relationship out of the spotlight.
Robert De Niro hosted the screening, and said at the event: “This brings back the incomparable memories of working with the great Sergio Leone.”
“I remember it as one of the longest movies I ever worked on – I don’t think Sergio ever wanted to finish it,” Robert De Niro joked.
Ennio Morricone’s original score played as Robert De Niro climbed the steps of the festival palace to introduce the movie, restored by Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation.
Robert De Niro introduced his co-stars James Woods and Elizabeth McGovern as well as 83-year-old Ennio Morricone, who earned a standing ovation.
Jane Fonda, Bruce Willis, Eva Longoria and Lana Del Rey were among the famous faces on the red carpet at the opening night gala of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
They and a host of other stars were on hand to see Moonrise Kingdom, the new film from US director Wes Anderson, launch the annual cinema showcase.
Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and Britain’s Tilda Swinton joined other cast members at the movie’s glitzy premiere.
The film is one of 22 in contention for Cannes’ prestigious Palme d’Or award.
Eva Longoria was among the famous faces on the red carpet at the opening night gala of this year's Cannes Film Festival
Reactions to Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom have been broadly positive.
Moonrise Kingdom was a suitable curtain-raiser for a festival in which US films and directors are heavily represented.
The main competition line-up contains six US-based movies, among them a new thriller starring Brad Pitt and an adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s seminal novel On the Road.
“American cinema is back in force,” said Cannes’ artistic director Thierry Fremaux, when he announced the programme last month.
The US invasion continues on Friday with an out of competition screening of the latest DreamWorks animation, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.
On Thursday the Critic’s Week sidebar launches with Broken, a London-based drama from acclaimed theatre director Rufus Norris, starring Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy.
The 65th Cannes Film Festival (Festival de Cannes) opens today on the French Riviera with US director Wes Anderson’s film Moonrise Kingdom.
Wes Anderson’s movie, which stars Bill Murray, is one of the 22 movies selected to compete for the festival’s biggest prize, the Palme d’Or.
However, the celebrations have been marred by criticism that no female directors will be in competition.
The only woman to have won the prestigious award was Jane Campion in 1993, with The Piano.
A group of prominent female filmmakers have written an open letter to the French newspaper Le Monde criticizing the lack of women being showcased.
Ripe with sarcasm, the letter was signed by directors Fanny Cottencon and Virginie Despentes – who made the sexually explicit Baise Moi in 2000 – among others.
It said: “Men love their women to have depth, but only when it comes to their cleavages.
“All 22 films in the official selection were written, happy coincidence, by 22 men.”
However, festival director Thierry Fremaux has supported the longlist of nominees, insisting the judges “would never select a film that doesn’t deserve it just because it is directed by a woman”.
The 65th Cannes Film Festival opens today on the French Riviera with US director Wes Anderson's film Moonrise Kingdom
This year’s Palme d’Or judges are led by Italian Nanni Moretti and include Britain’s Ewan McGregor and Andrea Arnold, acclaimed for directing the 2009 film Fish Tank.
Last year saw the British filmmaker Lynne Ramsey nominated for her film We Need To Talk About Kevin.
Her star in that film, British actress Tilda Swinton, is due on the red carpet as a cast member of Anderson’s opening night film – which also stars Bruce Willis.
Also in competition this year is Ken Loach with his Glasgow-set comedy-drama The Angel’s Share.
He has been nominated 11 times, last winning the Palme d’Or in 2006 for the IRA drama The Wind That Shakes The Barley.
Past winners Michael Haneke and Jacque Audiard – who won the jury’s Grand Prize for his film A Prophet in 2009 – are also in the running.
Australian John Hillcoat and New Zealand’s Andrew Dominik are both nominated respectively for the prohibition era film Lawless and Killing Me Softly, which stars Brad Pitt.
Brad Pitt and his fiancée Angelina Jolie are both expected on the red carpet this year.
American David Cronenberg is in competition with his film Cosmopolis, starring an against-type Robert Pattinson, while Cronenberg’s son Brendan is competing in the Un Certain Regard category – which awards new talent – with his film Antiviral.
Two female film-makers join him in that category: France’s Catherine Corsini and Sylvie Verheyde.
The 2012 Cannes Film festival will take place from May 16 to May 27. Out of 1,779 films submitted this year, only 54 features made the cut.
Film festival held annually in Cannes, France. First held in 1946 for the recognition of artistic achievement, the festival came to provide a rendezvous for those interested in the art and influence of the movies. Like other film festivals, it became an international marketplace where producers and distributors could exchange ideas, view films, and sign contracts. The phenomenon of international coproduction arose at Cannes in the late 1940s.
Roland Emmerich, the director of Independence Day movie, has won six awards at the 62nd Lola-German Film Awards for his Shakespeare mystery Anonymous.
The film questions whether William Shakespeare was the true author of some of his most famous works.
Cannes winner Stopped On Track, directed by Andreas Dresen won the top prize – the Golden Lola – as well as prizes for best director, best actor and best supporting actor.
The annual awards are voted for by the German Film Academy’s 1,300 members.
They are among the most lucrative film awards in the world, with a total of €3 million ($4 million) given as cash prizes.
Director Andreas Dresen and producer Peter Rommel collected the Golden Lola at a ceremony in Berlin.
“This is not the European Cup, this is the Champions League!” said Peter Rommel, on receiving the award, which includes a cash prize of €500,000 ($650,000) to invest in a new project.
Stopped on Track (Halt Auf Freier Strecke), the portrait of a man dying from a brain tumor, was joint winner in Un Certain Regard category at the Cannes Film Festival last year.
Roland Emmerich has won six awards at the 62nd Lola-German Film Awards for his Shakespeare mystery Anonymous
Anonymous won six out of a possible seven nominations, including awards for cinematography and costume design.
The film, which played at the London Film Festival last autumn, marked the first time Roland Emmerich had filmed in his home country for more than 20 years.
The Hollywood-based director is best known for effects-laden blockbusters such as Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow, and, more recently, 2012.
Anonymous starred a host of British actors including Rafe Spall, as William Shakespeare, and Rhys Ifans, as the Earl of Oxford – purported in the film to be the real author of Shakespeare’s works.
It was the subject of some criticism – particularly in Britain – from Shakespeare scholars who claimed the theory was nonsense, but despite a lacklustre performance at the box office, the film was well received in Germany.
The Lolas are intended to reward cultural achievement rather than box office success, with the prize money underwritten by the German government.