May 17th, 2012
04:33 PM ET
Cannes turns 65 this year – the age of retirement for many, though not in France (President Sarkozy upped it to 62, before he was promptly retired by the voters this month).
The grande dame of film festivals has plenty of life in her yet, with the paparazzi still having to wear tuxedos on the red carpet and a seemingly reinvigorated market, if the number of attendees and films is anything to go by.
Perhaps to prove the point, Jane Fonda wowed the crowds on Wednesday's opening night in a stunning Versace gown, and at 72 brought much needed sophisticated glamour to the event.
Opening night movies are often chosen for political reasons, not artistic merit, but Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” proved equally popular with critics and the festival’s black tie dignitaries.
Sadly, none of the stars - Ed Norton, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Bruce Willis and Frances McDormand - showed up wearing the raccoon tail hat that features prominently in this whimsical summer camp romantic escapade.
Look for more on “Moonrise Kingdom” when it’s released in the states on May 25.
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