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Caption: Dr Christina Swart-Opperman (back, left) with the MD of Namibia Breweries Ltd, Mr Wessie van der Westhuizen, and Olof Palme Primary principal, Mrs Julia Hangula (right).
In the Palme d'Or chase, Cronenberg's ''Maps to the Stars'' takes aim at today's media-crazed society, while Jones directs and acts in ''The Homesman'' alongside Hilary Swank, and Godard presents his movie ''Adieu Au Language'' ("Goodbye to Language'').
His first film, "Sex, Lies, and Videotape," won the Palme d'Or in 1989.
Also returning is the three-day PALME conference, with today's focus revolving around the future of the lighting and integration solutions industry, addressed by a panel of eight industry experts, including Dr Yasser Mahgoub, associate professor of architecture at the University of Qatar, and Simon Fraser, senior partner of Hopkins Architects.
Co-locating Install for AV and systems Integration and Smart Home technologies and Musac for musical instruments, equipment and accessories, Palme, which takes place at Dubai International Convention and Exhbition Centre, UAE, from April 26 to 28, has established itself as the region's largest trade show for professionals in this burgeoning industry.
Another Year narrowly missed out on the prestigious Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
Thai film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives has beaten off British competition to be awarded the coverted top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the Palme d'Or.
Mike Stubbs, director of FACT, said today: "We're thrilled ApichatpongWeerasekthakul has won the Palme d''Or at Cannes and very proud here at FACT to be part of the Primitive project.
Mr Palme was shot twice in the stomach and his wife was shot in the back.
Legendary directors Pedro Almodovar from Spain, Lars von Trier of Denmark and Ang Lee from Taiwan all have films in the competition, along with Quentin Tarantino, who won the Palme d'Or in 1994 for Pulp Fiction.
Quote: "When people are throwing bricks at me because my films are violent, I'll always have the Palme D'Or - and that's a very big shield.
By Arifa Akbar and Ben Clover The Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or was won on Sunday by the French production Entre les murs (The Class).