'The Great Gatsby' to open 2013 Cannes festival

Washington, Apr 19 (ANI): 'The Great Gatsby' featuring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role and directed by Australian Baz Luhrmann, will open this year's Cannes festival in 3-D.

The film will be making its premiere but is not competing for the Palme d'Or, one of cinema's most coveted prizes, Fox News reported.

Hollywood giant Steven Spielberg heads the jury at the festival at the French Riviera this year, which runs May 15-26.

Sofia Coppola's 'The Bling Ring' will open the other official section of the festival, 'Un Certain Regard,' which highlights unique styles and different points of view.

'The Bling Ring,' starring Emma Watson, tells the true tale of celebrity-obsessed teenagers who use the internet to track the whereabouts of their famous targets in order to break into their homes.

Other films in this section include 'As I Lay Dying' by actor-director James Franco, an adaptation of the famed William Faulkner novel of the same name.

Danish 'Dogma' director Thomas Vinterberg will head the 'Un Certain Regard' jury.

Last year, Cannes was accused of sexism for a shortlist that included no women.

This year, there is one female Palme d'Or contender, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi with her first feature 'A Chateau in Italy.' She is the sister of former French First Lady Carla Bruni. (ANI)