Warm welcome for Steven Spielberg at Cannes

Thursday May 16, 2013

Steven Spielberg was given a standing ovation - and a serenade - as he arrived to head up the jury at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

The acclaimed director is serving as jury president at this year's star-studded event and although he himself has never had a movie in competition at the festival, he was received like a visiting head of state.

The Lincoln filmmaker received a standing ovation at the opening ceremony and was serenaded with a performance of Miss Celie's Blues from his 1985 film, The Colour Purple.

He heads the jury that will decide the prestigious Palme d'Or, given to one of the 20 competing films, with entries ranging from the Coen brothers (Llewyn Davis), Alexander Payne (Nebraska) and Steven Soderbergh (Behind the Candelabra).

This year's jury is a starry bunch, including Nicole Kidman, Ang Lee and Christoph Waltz.

"Everyone sits in judgment of us," Spielberg said. "So it's our turn."

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