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Eva Longoria, Lashana Lynch and Julianne Moore led the glamour as they attended the screening of Final Cut (Coupez!) amid the opening ceremony of Cannes Film Festival 2022.
The Desperate Housewives star, 47, looked sensational in a plunging, semi-sheer black gown as they glided across the very first red carpet at the 75th annual event held at the Festival Palace, or Palais des Festivals on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Lashana cut an ethereal figure in an angelic white dress, while Julianne Moore oozed elegance in a plunging, black satin gown.
Eva was sure to steal the show in her sweeping gown which featured a semi-sheer ruffled skirt, sequins and thin spaghetti straps.
The star teamed the number with a black and diamond choker, while a pair of killer black heels were seen beneath her skirt.
The beauty swept her raven locks into an elegant up do with loose tendrils framing her face, while she highlighted her features with a soft make-up palette.
Joining her in the glamour stakes was No Time To Die actress Lashana, 34, who was the picture of beauty in her high-necked white gown which featured an intricate beaded pattern throughout.
Gorgeous: The Desperate Housewives star, 47, looked sensational in a plunging, semi-sheer black gown as they glided across the very first red carpet at the 75th annual event held at the Festival Palace, or Palais des Festivals on Tuesday
Looking good: Eva was sure to steal the show in her sweeping gown which featured a semi-sheer ruffled skirt, sequins and thin spaghetti straps
All eyes on me: Eva was simply mesmerising in her black gown which showcased her toned back
The actress added an array of jewellery to her look including dazzling diamond and emerald drop earrings as well as a sparkling ring and bracelet.
Elsewhere, Hollywood legend Julianne captivated the red carpet as she donned a classic satin gown with a low neckline and drop waist.
The Still Alice star teamed her dress with a showstopping diamond and emerald necklace, with Julianne opting to forgo other accessories.
Eva was one of the first to jet into the French resort for the annual event, having been seen standing on a balcony at the Martinez Hotel on the eve of the 75th annual Cannes film festival as she expressed her excitement at attending the event.
The actress went braless in a figure-hugging silver dress which gathered at the front to create a unique texture.
There she is: The actress, famed for her role as Desperate Housewife Gabrielle Solis, looked lovely as she smiled for the cameras
Lovely: The beauty swept her raven locks into an elegant up do with loose tendrils framing her face, while she highlighted her features with a soft make-up palette
Eyes on the prize: Eva was captivating as she posed up a storm amid a sea of photographers on the opening night
Oh so glam: Eva waves to the crowds as she graced the very first red carpet of the festival
The garment featured a turtle neck and was sleeveless, leaving her arms and shoulders exposed to the warm evening air.
She completed her look with a pair of strappy silver heels to add a few inches to her stature.
Taking to her Instagram Stories, the star posed for a picture on the balcony, catching the golden light as the sun set. Eva captioned her post: ‘Hello my sweet Cannes.’
After Cannes was entirely cancelled in 2020 and held under strict health protocols in 2021, the red carpet returned in all its glamour on Tuesday night.
What an entrance: All eyes were on Eva as she arrived for day one of the Cannes film festival
She knows what she’s doing: The star expertly pulled off her best poses for the cameras
Spotlight: The star remained composed under the bright flashes of the camera bulbs
On her way! Eva was earlier seen leaving the Martinez Hotel as she headed to the prestigious event
Meanwhile, one of the first stars to walk the red carpet was Forest Whitaker – the Oscar-winning star of ‘The Last King of Scotland’ – who picked up the honorary Palme d’Or award at the opening ceremony.
Forest, 60, won an acting award at the festival back in 1988 for his role as jazz legend Charlie Parker in Clint Eastwood’s Bird.
There will also be an array of TikTok stars taking to the red carpet this year after organisers have sought to refresh their image by partnering with the video streaming platform, which is sponsoring an award for short films.
And the film chosen to open the festival will be Final Cut, a comedy love letter to filmmaking and Z-list zombie movies from the team behind the award-winning The Artist.
Showstopping: Joining her in the glamour stakes was No Time To Die actress Lashana, 34, who was the picture of beauty in her high-necked white gown which featured an intricate beaded pattern throughout
Bling bling: The actress added an array of jewellery to her look including dazzling diamond and emerald drop earrings as well as a sparkling ring and bracelet.
Glowing: Lashana elevated her look with an application of sleek make-up including a smoky eye and soft coral lips
Ready to pose? The Captain Marvel actress was sure to turn heads on the red carpet
Its director Michel Hazanavicius said it was ‘a joyous celebration of film people, which I hope will encourage others to get involved’.
The two-week annual event, will also see hotly-anticipated films Top Gun: Maverick and King of Rock ‘N Roll’ biopic ‘Elvis’ shown.
On Wednesday, Hollywood star Tom Cruise will arrive at the film festival for the first time in 30 years as his much-delayed blockbuster sequel Top Gun: Maverick gets its European premiere.
The sequel, long delayed by the pandemic, has been getting warm reviews from critics and gives Cannes a chance to honour Tom, described by festival director Thierry Fremaux as ‘someone who is devoted to cinema’.
A host of British stars including Letitia Wright, Joe Alwyn, Idris Elba, Tilda Swinton are also expected to attend this year’s festivities.
Elegant: Elsewhere, Hollywood legend Julianne captivated the red carpet as she donned a classic satin gown with a low neckline and drop waist
A thing of beauty: Julianne wore her auburn locks loose for the evening, with the star also seen sporting a smoky eye
Centre stage: The film star struck a pose as they turned up to the event alongside other glamorous attendees
In total, some 35,000 film professionals are expected to attend the festival between May 17 and 28, hoping for a return to form for cinema’s most glamorous event after two years when it was hampered by Covid-19 restrictions.
‘We are ready. The town hall has just redone everything – the whole place – so we hope it will go well,’ said Jeremie Tripet, manager of ‘L’Avenue’, a bistro just off the main drag known as La Croisette.
One major exception is the absence of Russians, due to the impact of sanctions over the war in Ukraine and a ruling from the organisers that state-linked delegates are not welcome. China is also expected to have a limited presence due to its continuing Covid restrictions.
But otherwise the festival is keen to put the pandemic in the past, with no mandatory masks or health passes this year – and no restrictions to partying.
Look who it is: Actress Noomi Rapace looked sophisticated in a cream, off-the-shoulder number
Film fans can get stuck into the usual feast of new releases and competition entries, braving the festival’s famously opinionated crowds, who are never shy about cheering and booing during screenings.
There’s a lot of excitement around the Elvis Presley biopic from Australia’s Baz Luhrmann, hoping to recreate the buzz he generated when he brought the can-can to Cannes with ‘Moulin Rouge!’ 20 years ago.
Elvis, playing out of competition, sees newcomer Austin Butler stepping into The King’s blue suede shoes. Tom Hanks plays his infamous manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
There are 21 films in the race for the Palme d’Or, including the latest body-horror fable from David Cronenberg, Crimes of the Future, starring Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart.
The Canadian director told IndieWire it is likely to cause walkouts ‘within the first five minutes’.
There are only five women directors in the competition, hoping to follow the success of last year’s winner, Titane, which made Julia Ducournau only the second female to win the Palme.
Alongside all the glitz, festival director Thierry Fremaux said Cannes aimed to keep the war in Ukraine in the spotlight.
‘Together we will have a great festival – we will think a lot about cinema without ever stopping thinking about Ukraine.’
The final film by Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravicius, who was killed by Russian forces in Ukraine last month, will get a special screening.