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The Cannes glamour returns! Stars hit the festival’s red carpet for first time in two years

Written by on 07/07/2021

A-list stars have hit the Cannes Film Festival red carpet for the first time in more than two years.

Drawing a wide spectrum of industry figures, the event aims to resuscitate the cinema industry as COVID-19 restrictions ease.

Dame Helen Mirren, Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Jessica Chastain, Bella Hadid, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Spike Lee, Jodie Foster and Candice Swanepoel were among the stars pictured at the opening of the festival on Tuesday.

Cannes jury members Kang-Ho Song, from left, Tahar Rahim, Mylene Farmer, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Spike Lee, Melanie Laurent, Jessica Hausner, Kleber Mendonca Filho and Mati Diop pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Annette' and the opening ceremony of the 74th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, July 6, 2021. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Image: Spike Lee is the first black person to ever lead the Cannes jury

The first night of the French Riviera spectacular launched the premiere of Annette, a musical starring Driver and Cotillard, and the festival was officially declared open by Bong Joon-ho – who won last year’s Palme d’Or for Parasite – along with director Pedro Almodovar, Foster and Lee, in a mix of Korean, Spanish, French and English.

Cannes is going ahead in much the same way as usual, bringing back the red carpet glamour, but behind the glitz COVID-19 safety measures are in place; festivalgoers are being tested every 48 hours, seated shoulder-to-shoulder, and masked for screenings.

Here are some of the red carpet shots from the opening night.

Bella Hadid attends the "Annette" screening and opening ceremony during the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival on July 06, 2021 in Cannes, France. Pic: AP/imageSpace/MediaPunch/MediaPunch/IPx
Image: Model Bella Hadid went for a stand-out monochrome gown with a train. Pic: AP/imageSpace/MediaPunch/MediaPunch/IPx
Maggie Gyllenhaal at the premiere of Annette and the opening ceremony of the 74th international film festival, Cannes, in July 2021. Pic: AP
Image: Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who is a member of the jury, said this was her first time in a movie theatre in 15 months. Pic: AP
Cannes (L-R): Angele, Simon Helberg, Marion Cotillard, director Leos Carax, Adam Driver, Russell Mael, and Ron Mael at the premiere of Annette and the opening ceremony of the 74th Cannes Film Festival. Pic: AP
Image: Marion Cotillard, Adam Driver and other cast and crew launched their musical Annette. Pic: AP
Jessica Chastain on the red carpet at the opening of the Cannes Film Festival 2021. Pic: Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP
Image: Jessica Chastain chose a glamorous black gown with the bonus of pockets. Pic: Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP
Helen Mirren on the red carpet for the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival. Pic: AP
Image: Dame Helen Mirren stood out in sunshine yellow on the red carpet. Pic: AP
Candice Swanepoel poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Annette' and the opening ceremony of the 74th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Pic: Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP
Image: Model Candice Swanepoel was also among the guests for opening night. Pic: Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP
Andie MacDowell at the premiere of Annette and the opening ceremony of the 74th Cannes international film festival. Pic: Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Image: Actress Andie MacDowell wore a jewel-encrusted gown. Pic: Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP
Carla Bruni at the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival in July 2021. Pic: AP
Image: Model Carla Bruni, who is married to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, walked the red carpet. Pic: AP
Jodie Foster attends the Annette screening and opening ceremony at the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival in July 2021. Pic: Credit: AP/imageSPACE/MediaPunch
Image: ‘It feels good to go out,’ actress Jodie Foster told reporters, speaking in French. Pic: AP/imageSPACE/MediaPunch

The Cannes Film Festival will continue over the next 10 days.

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