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Britain's Mike Leigh cheered as Cannes race kicks off

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Veteran British director Mike Leigh drew rapturous reviews Thursday for a lush historical portrait of painter JMW Turner as the race for gold kicked off at the Cannes Film Festival. 

British director Mike Leigh poses during a photocall for his film "Mr. Turner" at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 15, 2014

Timothy Spall, a character actor best known as Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter movies and Winston Churchill in "The King's Speech", delivered a grunting, snorting, spitting, womanising warts-and-all performance in "Mr Turner" of the tortured Romantic landscape painter.

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