Cannes sets sail with 'Up' world premiere

Festivalgoers accessorize black tie attire with 3-D glasses

CANNES -- The Festival de Cannes kicked off to an unfamiliar toon Wednesday night as Disney/Pixar's digital 3-D animated film "Up" opened the fest's 62nd annual edition at the Grand Palais theater. 3-D glasses gained high-fashion status as guests arrived in tuxedos and party dresses ready to enter another dimension.

The low-key ceremony stuck to tradition as Huppert's jury -- Asia Argento, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Lee Chang-dong, James Gray, Hanif Kureishi, Shu Qi, Robin Wright Penn and Sharmila Tagore -- took their seats onstage.

The Palais red carpet sparkled with diamonds and a mix of celebrities that included actress Tilda Swinton, the L'Oreal spokesmodels and even French Cultural Minister Christine Albanel.

The opening ceremony, broadcast live by Gallic pay TV channel Canal Plus, was hosted by French funnyman Edouard Baer, who found plenty of material in the global financial crisis. The ceremony itself featured a montage of Huppert's history with the Festival de Cannes and excerpts of films in the official selection.

As the lights dimmed in the Palais theater, Huppert talked about her vision for this year's fest, reminding the audience that "We go to the movies to remember."

Legendary French singer Charles Aznavour, the voice of the old man in the French version of "Up," declared the 62nd edition of the fest officially open alongside Gallic actress Hafsia Herzi.

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