The Cannes Film Festival made a triumphant return with its first red carpet on Tuesday night in Paris, France, after last year’s cancellation.
Many stars were keen to head to the French Riviera for the 74th Cannes opening ceremony, in a show of support for an industry hammered by the pandemic after theatres closed for months.
Hollywood stars Jessica Chastain and Adam Driver, who stars alongside Cotillard in musical “Annette“, the opening film, were among celebrities who travelled to France for the event, along with Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar, British actress Helen Mirren, and American model Bella Hadid.
The opening ceremony also featured the return of last year’s Palme d’Or winner, Bong Joon Ho for “Parasite” and Jodie Foster, who first came to Cannes as a 13-year-old with Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver,” for an honorary Palme.
Over the next 10 days, the Cannes Film Festival will try to resuscitate global cinema on a grand scale.
The festival also witnesses Oscar-winning director Spike Lee making history at the Film Festival by becoming the first Black president of the jury, where he’ll head the nine artists and actors including, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tahar Rahim and Song Kang-ho, tasked with voting on the prestigious Palm d’Or.