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Cannes Kicks Off

The 77th Cannes Film Festival kicked off yesterday, with 22 films vying for the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or. Greta Gerwig leads the competition jury—the first American woman director to do so—who will award the winner at the end of the festival.

The ceremony opened with actress Meryl Streep receiving an honorary lifetime achievement Palme d'Or and the showing of the opening film, Quentin Dupieux's "The Second Act." Other highly anticipated films include George Miller's "Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga" and Francis Ford Coppola's "Megalopolis." Director George Lucas is slated to receive an honorary Palme d'Or at the closing ceremony. See a preview of all films here.

Off-screen, the festival faces topical issues, including the threat of a strike by seasonal workers over unemployment benefits and the reemergence of the French film industry's #MeToo movement.

The festival will run through May 25. Take a look at the prestigious Palme d'Or (or "golden palm") here.

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