The actor read a poem from the classic book by Khalil Gibran, on which Hayek's animated film is based.
Depardieu read the selection at a preview of the film, which is not in competition at the festival. The preview included several clips and Hayek, the film's producer, introduced each of the film's segment directors.
Depardieu's film — also not in competition — is among the more anticipated of the festival. It tells the story of Strauss-Kahn, accused of raping a hotel worker during a stay in New York. He was never charged but scandal engulfed him as other accusations were made.
It was released on video on demand in France, where Depardieu is from. It was screened in Cannes on Saturday.
— By Cristina Jaleru — http://www.twitter.com/cristinelle7