Festival de Cannes: See the red carpet highlights from opening night

By Reuters

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Taylor Hill attends "Le Deuxième Acte" ("The Second Act") Screening & opening ceremony red carpet at the 77th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2024 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Taylor Hill attends "Le Deuxième Acte" ("The Second Act") Screening & opening ceremony red carpet at the 77th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2024 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
The Cannes Film Festival officially kicked off on Tuesday night as celebrities walked the red carpet into the plush Grand Theatre Lumiere to honour Hollywood actor Meryl Streep before settling in to watch this year's opening film, "The Second Act".

The French comedy’s cast, including Lea Seydoux and Vincent Lindon, were joined by actor Jane Fonda, model Heidi Klum and Messi, the dog star of 2023’s Palme d’Or winner “Anatomy Of a Fall”, as well as this year’s jury, headed by Greta Gerwig.

Ahead of the ceremony, French singer Zaho de Sagazan performed David Bowie’s “Modern Love” in the theatre aisles to honour Gerwig’s black-and-white dance scene in “Frances Ha”.

Gerwig sang along and seemed visibly touched by the performance as de Sagazan got on stage to kiss her hand.

Meryl Streep receives an Honorary Palme d’Or, during the opening ceremony and the screening of the film “Le deuxieme acte” (The Second Act) Out of competition at the 77th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 14, 2024. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

The audience gave a minutes-long ovation for Streep when she took the stage in a simple white gown and black-frame glasses, welcomed by French actor Juliette Binoche in a red dress.

“You changed the way we look at women in the cinema world,” said Binoche, who tried to control her breathing as she cried during her speech. “And yet you are not self-serious, like me.”

Meryl Streep, awarded with an Honorary Palme d’Or Award, poses with Juliette Binoche, Greta Gerwig, Jury President of the 77th Cannes Film Festival and jury members Ebru Ceylan, Lily Gladstone, Eva Green, Nadine Labaki, Juan Antonio Bayona, Pierfrancesco Favino, Hirokazu Kore-eda, and Omar Sy during the opening ceremony and the screening of the film “Le deuxieme acte” (The Second Act) Out of competition at the 77th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 14, 2024. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

Streep – whose long list of films includes “Death Becomes Her”, “Mamma Mia!” and “The Iron Lady” – listed people she wanted to thank.

“It’s like looking out the window of a bullet train,” she said of the montage that played of all her films.

“My mother, who was usually right about everything, said to me ‘Meryl, darling, you’ll see. It all goes so fast. So fast.’ And it has. Except for my speech,” Streep told the audience.

See highlights from the opening night red carpet below:

 

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Jane Fonda poses on the red carpet during arrivals for the opening ceremony and the screening the film “Le deuxieme acte” (The Second Act) Out of competition at the 77th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 14, 2024. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Director Quentin Dupieux and cast members Louis Garrel, Lea Seydoux, Vincent Lindon, Raphael Quenard, Manuel Guillot and producer Hugo Selignac pose on the red carpet during arrivals for the opening ceremony and the screening the film “Le deuxieme acte” (The Second Act) Out of competition at the 77th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 14, 2024. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

Jury member Eva Green arrives on stage during the opening ceremony and the screening of the film “Le deuxieme acte” (The Second Act) Out of competition at the 77th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 14, 2024. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Jury member Nadine Labaki arrives on stage during the opening ceremony and the screening of the film “Le deuxieme acte” (The Second Act) Out of competition at the 77th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 14, 2024. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Jury member Lily Gladstone arrives on stage during the opening ceremony and the screening of the film “Le deuxieme acte” (The Second Act) Out of competition at the 77th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 14, 2024. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 14: Un Certain Regard Jury member Vicky Krieps attends “Le Deuxième Acte” (“The Second Act”) Screening & opening ceremony red carpet at the 77th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2024 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

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