Abbas Kiarostami who won the coveted Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 for Taste of Cherry, left Tehran last week to undergo treatment for intestinal problems in France
As a result an "extraordinary mobilisation" of security forces has been put in place, with 400 private security agents guarding the Palais des Festivals alone, where the main films are shown. Cannes has 500 CCTV cameras, making it the most closely monitored town in France, said Mayor David Lisnard
Biarritz on France's Atlantic coast was first chosen as the host city but when it couldn't raise the money, Cannes nipped in. However, war soon broke out and Mussolini's troops marched into the town
Cannes has been repeatedly criticised for being a 'boys' club' with no women at all selected in 2012 after a record four were included the previous year
Marion Cotillard shared the French poster of Richa Chadha's Masaan on Instagram
Masaan will have a theatrical screening in France, Belgium and other countries as well
Aishwarya, a veteran of the Cannes Film Festival, will walk the red carpet to the Palais de Festivals on May 17 and 20
This year, 19 films are vying for the trophy. 11 are from Europe, more than half of them from France and Italy
Leila Hatami was on the jury this year at the annual Cannes festival in southern France but lives in Iran.
Actress Vidya Balan is on this year's Cannes jury and is fully conscious of the "august" company she is in.
Actress Vidya Balan, who was seen walking the red carpet at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival, will set out for a holiday with husband Siddharth Roy Kapur in France after the movie extravaganza.