They invented cinema 120 years ago, so it's little wonder the French are ruling the roost at the Cannes Film Festival. We check out Franco-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche's lesbian love story, "Blue is the Warmest Colour", which has blown away the critics, and also look at the other French films in competition.
We look at the most anticipated but also the most walked-out-of film of the competition, "Only God Forgives", starring Ryan Gosling, himself a no-show at Cannes. Also on the programme: we speak to Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, president of the "Un Certain Regard" category, and meet the latest protégés of Hollywood power producer Harvey Weinstein.
The film that was said to be too gay for Hollywood has reached the Croisette in Cannes. We look at Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra", starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. Also on the show: Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad on his new film "Omar", hope in the Middle East and Cannes.
We check out French director Guillaume Canet's English language debut "Blood Ties", starring Marion Cotillard and Clive Owen. Also, Eve Jackson meets "Borgman" director Alex Van Warmerdam, whose film is the first Dutch competition entry in 38 years. And Cat Nicholson speaks to the Cannes cartoonists who want to change the world.
Today we wish happy birthday to Indian cinema! Eve Jackson speaks to the directors Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap, who have come together to make the anthology film Bombay Talkies, plus a Cannes day in the life of an Indian superstar.