The Congress blends animation and live action to tell the story of an actor named Robin Wright (played, naturally, by Robin Wright) who makes a Faustian pact with a film studio. The movie is based on a novel by Polish sci-fi writer Stanislaw Lem and opened Cannes' Directors' Fortnight programme.

Also in today’s round-up, British film critic Jonathan Romney of the Independent on Sunday gives his picks of the festival, and we soak up all the glamour of the red carpet.

BBC Culture will feature regular video reports from Cannes throughout the festival.

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