Arts and Entertainment Jane Campion will succeed Steven Spielberg as president of the Cannes jury

The first female director to win the Palme d'Or said she 'can't wait' until May

From left: Cheryl Cole wearing Stephane Rolland, Natasha Poly wearing Gucci and Diane Kruger wearing Nina Ricci

Cannes review: Canine accolade and Hitler's return are high spots amid the gloom

Cannes 2012 was the dampest festival in recent memory and one of the more muted. The Croisette – the main sea-front thoroughfare – was as crammed as ever but the European film industry is clearly feeling the pinch. The yachts seemed smaller this year, the restaurants emptier. The sales agents presenting new films in the market grumbled privately that Italian and Spanish distributors simply weren't buying any more.

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Thomas Vinterberg's return to form – a harrowing and very dramatic story about a man wrongly accused of child abuse.

Cannes: Too much rain, too few women, but great movies

A wet and controversial Cannes has still produced some excellent films, says Geoffrey Macnab

Pasty-faced, soap-dodging would-be troubadour Pete Doherty

Want to see a dirty movie? Not *that* kind

I fear that someone has been having our Gallic friends across la Manche on. Somehow, they've come to believe that the pasty-faced, soap-dodging would-be troubadour that is Pete Doherty is not only cool, but that he is a sensible choice for the romantic lead in a period film.

'Killing Them Softly' is 'about modern living', says film's star Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt's role as a brutal mob enforcer is not just a gangster story but a commentary on modern living, he said today.

Pete Doherty in Cannes

First Night: Confession of a Child of the Century, Cannes Festival

Doherty is perfectly cast as 19th-century dandy

Trending: Shining a light on conspiracy theories

Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece The Shining is the director's take on the Holocaust. Or is it about the treatment of Native Americans? Or numerology? Or how Kubrick – fresh from filming 2001: A Space Odyssey – was behind the faked filming of the moon landings?

Stars of Moonrise Kingdom, Tilda Swinton and Bill Murray

Cannes opens with Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom

The sunbaked Cannes Film Festival got under way with Wes Anderson's “Moonrise Kingdom,” whose carefully composed whimsy stood in stark contrast to the zoo-like atmosphere at the annual French Riviera extravaganza.

The poster for Cannes 2012, the 65th film festival, hitches a ride on the glamour of Marilyn Monroe

Cannes Film Festival: An old lady not to be messed with

A glittering cast has been assembled for Cannes, take 65 – no wonder the world's most prestigious film festival is feeling bullish

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart star in films competing at Cannes

Will there be blood on the red carpet? Twilight couple Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart go head to head for the Palme d'Or

'On the Road' will be keenly awaited as the first film adaptation of Kerouac's classic book

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Cameron's guests: Chairman of JCB Anthony Bamford and his wife Lady Caroline Bamford have gifted £2m to the Tories since 2006

Guess who came to dinner: bankers, traders and an oil baron

Prime Minister's private guests all had one thing in common: wealth

Winner for Best Director for 'The Artist' Michel Hazanavicius on stage

Geoffrey Macnab: Hardly a surprise that there was no surprise at the Oscars

What was clear last night is that the Oscars are now a surprise-free zone. By the time the statuettes are dished out on a Sunday night in late February, there have been so many other awards ceremonies already that it is already ordained what will win.

Soderbergh's films include 'Ocean's Eleven', 'Out of Sight', 'Sex, Lies, and Videotape', and Haywire

Steven Soderbergh: 'Three more movies and I'm out of here'

He directed some of the most memorable films of recent times, but he has had enough. He explains why to Tom Teodorczuk

Bejo says of acting in retro style: 'For a woman, everything's hyper-charged with meaning. A man can put on a suit, walk on with his hands in his pockets and look good and that's enough. For women, there's a whole set of gestures to learn – whistling, winking, blowing kisses.'

Silence is golden: 'The Artist' is set to make an Oscar-worthy star of Bérénice Bejo

Bérénice Bejo has until now been restricted to minor mainstream roles and sidekick parts in French farces. But Oscar buzz is growing thanks,somewhat oddly, to a black-and-white throwback to Hollywood's silent era.

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MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
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Has The Archers lost the plot?

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Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
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League system no longer measures up

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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

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Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness