Cannes Film Festival rolls out red carpet as crowds descend for 75th anniversary

By Reuters

The 75th Cannes Film Festival - Opening ceremony and screening of the film "Coupez" (Final Cut) Out of competition - Cannes, France, May 17, 2022. Julianne Moore arrives on stage with Vincent Lindon, Jury President of the 75th Cannes Film Festival. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
The 75th Cannes Film Festival - Opening ceremony and screening of the film "Coupez" (Final Cut) Out of competition - Cannes, France, May 17, 2022. Julianne Moore arrives on stage with Vincent Lindon, Jury President of the 75th Cannes Film Festival. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

The Cannes Film Festival rolled out the red carpet Tuesday as the Mediterranean port city filled up with cinema stars, festival goers and oglers for the 75th anniversary event, bringing buzz and glamour back to the resort destination.

“I’m simply overjoyed,” the festival’s jury president Vincent Lindon told a packed press conference, flanked by jury members: actors and filmmakers including Rebecca Hall, Noomi Rapace, Deepika Padukone, Jeff Nichols and Asghar Farhadi.

The world’s biggest film festival runs from May 17-28, back to its traditional calendar following two years of pandemic disruptions, and marking the return of parties and high hopes from the industry that it will spark the return of audiences to movie theatres.

“Don’t believe the hype, people are saying it’s dying. I don’t believe that for a second,” said jury member Joachim Trier, referring to cinema, which he lauded as a “radiant, progressive, wonderful art form”.

The Danish-Norwegian filmmaker noted that the festival had served as a springboard for the career of his grandfather Erik Lochen, who had a film in competition in 1960. It helped bring an “unknown new filmmaker from a small country in the northern corner of Europe into prominence,” said Trier.

The festival opened on Tuesday with the screening of Michel Hazanavicius’s zombie film, “Final Cut”, and will also feature heavy hitters like Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun: Maverick” — bringing Cruise to the festival for the first time in 30 years — and Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic.

Forest Whitaker will receive the festival’s Honorary Palme D’Or for lifetime achievement. The actor’s production company is showing “For the Sake of Peace” a documentary on the war in South Sudan.

With the war in Ukraine hanging over the event, debates over the role of cinema during times of violence dominated discussions.

“I would say films are even more important than ever,” said jury member Rapace.

“There’s a lot of teenagers and kids in Russia, for example, today that…are kind of as alien to what’s going on as we are. So I think, you know, films can travel and communicate,” she said.

“With all that has happened these last two years — and especially with what has been going on for the past several months, yes, we will be careful to be deserving, respectful, not overly casual, intelligent and to stand upright – if only out of respect for those who are experiencing much, much, much, much harder days than ours,” said jury president Lindon.

Take a look at some of the highlights so far in the gallery below:

The 75th Cannes Film Festival – Opening ceremony and screening of the film “Coupez” (Final Cut) Out of competition – Red Carpet arrivals – Cannes, France, May 17, 2022. Model Iris Mittenaere poses. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
The 75th Cannes Film Festival – Opening ceremony and screening of the film “Coupez” (Final Cut) Out of competition – Red Carpet arrivals – Cannes, France, May 17, 2022. Urvashi Rautela arrives. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw
The 75th Cannes Film Festival – Opening ceremony and screening of the film “Coupez” (Final Cut) Out of competition – Red Carpet arrivals – Cannes, France, May 17, 2022. Amandine Petit poses. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
The 75th Cannes Film Festival – Opening ceremony and screening of the film “Coupez” (Final Cut) Out of competition – Red Carpet arrivals – Cannes, France, May 17, 2022. Singer Tallia Storm poses. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
The 75th Cannes Film Festival – Opening ceremony and screening of the film “Coupez” (Final Cut) Out of competition – Red Carpet arrivals – Cannes, France, May 17, 2022. Jury member Deepika Padukone poses. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
The 75th Cannes Film Festival – Opening ceremony and screening of the film “Coupez” (Final Cut) Out of competition – Cannes, France, May 17, 2022. Forest Whitaker arrives on stage to receive the Honorary Palme d’Or Award. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
The 75th Cannes Film Festival – Opening ceremony and screening of the film “Coupez” (Final Cut) Out of competition – Red Carpet arrivals – Cannes, France, May 17, 2022. Director Michel Hazanavicius and cast members Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Romain Duris, Berenice Bejo and Finnegan Oldfield pose. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
The 75th Cannes Film Festival – Opening ceremony and screening of the film “Coupez” (Final Cut) Out of competition – Red Carpet arrivals – Cannes, France, May 17, 2022. Vincent Lindon, Jury President of the 75th Cannes Film Festival, and jury members Rebecca Hall, Deepika Padukone, Noomi Rapace, Jasmine Trinca, Asghar Farhadi, Ladj Ly, Jeff Nichols and Joachim Trier pose. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
The 75th Cannes Film Festival – Opening ceremony and screening of the film “Coupez” (Final Cut) Out of competition – Cannes, France, May 17, 2022. Forest Whitaker poses with his Honorary Palme d’Or Award. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
The 75th Cannes Film Festival – Opening ceremony and screening of the film “Coupez” (Final Cut) Out of competition – Cannes, France, May 17, 2022. Master of Ceremony Virgina Efira, Julianne Moore, Vincent Lindon, Jury President of the 75th Cannes Film Festival and Jury members Rebecca Hall, Deepika Padukone, Noomi Rapace, Jasmine Trinca, Asghar Farhadi, Ladj Ly, Jeff Nichols and Joachim Trier on stage. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
The 75th Cannes Film Festival – Opening ceremony and screening of the film “Coupez” (Final Cut) Out of competition – Cannes, France, May 17, 2022. Julianne Moore arrives on stage with Vincent Lindon, Jury President of the 75th Cannes Film Festival. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
The 75th Cannes Film Festival – Opening ceremony and screening of the film “Coupez” (Final Cut) Out of competition – Cannes, France, May 17, 2022. Jury members Rebecca Hall, Deepika Padukone, Noomi Rapace, Jasmine Trinca, Asghar Farhadi, Ladj Ly, Jeff Nichols and Joachim Trier sit. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

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