The 70th Cannes film festival opens amid tight security

Security was tight and omnipresent on the Cannes red carpet as the 70th edition of the film festival opened on Wednesday night with multiple ticket checks and a metal detector scan before guests were allowed near the red carpet, as the near two-week prestigious cinema festival opened with Arnaud Desplechin's film Ismael's Ghosts.

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Heavily-armed police, new cordons and metal detectors greeted guests to the 70th Cannes Film Festival, which saw tightened security following terrorist attacks in France over the past year, writes The Hollywood Reporter.