77th Cannes Film Festival kicks off

The 77th Cannes Film Festival -- widely regarded as one of the world's three major film festivals along with Venice and Berlin -- opened on Tuesday.

The prestigious event in the southeastern French resort city runs through May 25.

The official poster for this year's festival features a scene from "Rhapsody in August," a movie by the late Japanese director Kurosawa Akira based on the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and presented out of competition in 1991 at Cannes.

The poster overlooks the red carpet where Japanese film director Koreeda Hirokazu and actors from around the world made appearances.

Koreeda is serving as one of the jury members for the competition section, which awards the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or.

During her opening ceremony address, French actor Camille Cottin told guests that the festival presents an incredible opportunity for dialog at a time when deep fractures divide peoples.

Among the 22 films competing this year are the latest work by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, who has won multiple awards, and a movie focusing on former US President Donald Trump's business career.

Japanese director Okuyama Hiroshi's film "My Sunshine" is also premiering in the category Un Certain Regard.