Cannes to kick off with Kidman, ‘Grace of Monaco’

A street vendor walks past a banner depicting Marcello Mastroianni from Federico Fellinis film Show caption
A street vendor walks past a banner depicting Marcello Mastroianni from Federico Fellinis film "8½" on the Palais prior to the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 12, 2014. The festival runs from May 14 to May 25. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

CANNES, France (AP) — The 67th annual Cannes Film Festival is kicking off with a dose of classic French Riviera glamour.

The Grace Kelly biopic “Grace of Monaco,” starring Nicole Kidman, opens the festival Wednesday. Kidman plays the movie star during her marriage to Prince Rainier III of Monaco, just an hour’s drive from Cannes.

The film premieres amid high-profile disputes. Director Olivier Dahan has feuded over the final cut with the Weinstein Co., which is distributing the film in North America. Dahan’s version will screen at Cannes.

Princess Stephanie of Monaco has criticized the film about her parents as inaccurate.

Cannes will also unveil its jury, which decides the festival’s prestigious Palme d’Or award. The jury this year is headed by Jane Champion, the only female filmmaker to win the Palme d’Or.