Robin Hood - Ridley Scott’s adventure movie starring Russell Crowe opens the 2010 Cannes Film Festival

Ten days of Gallic glitz and glamour opens tonight on the French Riviera with Russell Crowe letting the side down a bit in the glamour stakes as a decidedly grungy Robin Hood.

Ridley Scott’s new take on the old Sherwood legend is one of a number of high-profile films showing out of competition including Woody Allen’s latest star-studded gab-fest You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger and Oliver Stone’s long-awaited Wall Street sequel Money Never Sleeps. Among those brave enough to compete for the coveted Palme d’Or and try to impress president of the jury Tim Burton and his members are Festival favourite Mike Leigh with Another Year, Babel director Alejandro González Iñárritu going back to his Mexican roots with Biutiful and Japanese firebrand Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage.

Movies looking for Un Certain Regard include Hideo Nakata’s British thriller Chatroom and the latest esoteric offering from French film legend Jean-Luc Goddard, Film Socialisme. And if you have to look up what esoteric means, like moi, you probably shouldn’t be attempting to watch this film which is described as ‘a symphony in three movements’ (and that’s the comprehensible bit of the synopsis).

The Festival organisers have stated that their mission is to provide a selection of films that will help attendees discover ‘films that knock on the doors of our dreams’. So it sounds like Festival goers have not only got a feast of films in store but lots of wonderfully lofty French pontificating to go with them. Which let’s face it is what Cannes is all about… That and all the red carpet shenanigans!