Marion Cotillard and Jodie Foster lead Cannes glamor on red carpet return
Wearing a shimmering silver Chanel gown, Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard helped kick off Cannes’ comeback on Tuesday as movie stars from all over took to the red carpet for the French cinema showcase.
The world’s largest film festival marks its return after skipping 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in slightly more subdued form, with fewer attendees and parties during the 12-day whirlwind of film premieres .
The stars were out in force on the Côte d’Azur for the opening ceremony, as a sign of support for an industry hammered by the pandemic after cinemas have closed for months.
“This will be my first time in a cinema for 15 months,” Brazilian filmmaker Kleber Mendonca Filho said on Tuesday, one of the members of the jury who will designate the winner of the Palme d’Or.
Hollywood stars Jessica Chastain and Adam Driver – who star alongside Cotillard in the musical Annette, the opening film – were among the celebrities who traveled to France for the event, alongside Spanish director Pedro Almodovar and British actress Helen Mirren.
In a pearl-colored shift dress from Givenchy, Jodie Foster, who first arrived in Cannes at the age of 13 when she starred in Taxi driver, arrived to receive an Lifetime Achievement Award.
Sean Penn and Wes Anderson will be among the heavyweights vying for awards in the film’s main competition, one of many parallel premieres and events taking place over the next fortnight.
They include outdoor screenings on the beach along Cannes’ famous Croisette promenade, where tourists starting their summer vacation in the seaside resort will have the chance to glimpse Hollywood royalty.
The festival retains a very French flavor and will present the latest releases by directors François Ozon and Jacques Audiard as well as that of Catherine Corsini The divide, which takes place in France today against a backdrop of anti-government “yellow vests” demonstrations.
On Monday, festival director Thierry Fremaux stuck to strict French rules prohibiting inclusion in the film competition for films promoted by streaming platforms like Netflix, unless they are first presented in cinemas.
US director Spike Lee, who wore a hot pink suit for the opening ceremony, has sounded in the long-running Cannes vs. Netflix debate, supporting the platform he came out on Da 5 bloods at the height of pandemic lockdowns last year.
“Cinema and projection platforms can coexist at the same time,” Lee said at a press conference Tuesday.
“We used to think that television was going to kill cinema. This stuff is not new.
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