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Belgian thesp Cecile de France will open the 58th Cannes Film Festival on May 11 and host the prize-giving ceremonies May 21 as the event’s mistress of ceremonies.

A star in Gallic film, thesp’s big international break was in “Around the World in 80 Days.”

On Monday, she received the Prix Romy Schneider for young actress. Clovis Cornillac received the Prix Jean Gabin for most promising male newcomer.

De France also nabbed a Cesar award for female newcomer in 2003 and won the Prix Louis Lumiere for her perf in Cedric Klapisch’s sleeper hit “Europudding.”

She plays the lead role in helmer Daniele Thompson’s “House Seats,” which starts shooting in May.

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