France, May 14 -- For two weeks, the cinephile world is gathering in the south of France to see the creme de la creme of cinema.

France's Camille Cottin will host the opening ceremony on Tuesday along with guest of honour, Meryl Streep, ahead of a gala screening of French film The Second Act, starring Lea Sedoux and Vincent Lindon.

But aside from the 22 films competing for the prestigious Palme d'Or and a host of other prizes, there will be plenty of action in and around the Croisette.

Dogs on the red carpet Messi, the canine star of Oscar-winning Anatomy of a Fall, which also took the top prize at Cannes last year, will return to the festival as a red-carpet interviewer.

Using a 360-degree microphone and camera attached to his bac...