Cannes Film Festival 2021: Red carpet glamour returns as stars including Bella Hadid and Helen Mirren attend opening night
Written by Hitmix News on 7 July 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.
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.
Image: Model Bella Hadid went for a stand-out monochrome gown with a train. Pic: AP/imageSpace/MediaPunch/MediaPunch/IPx 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 Image: Marion Cotillard, Adam Driver and other cast and crew launched their musical Annette. Pic: AP Image: Jessica Chastain chose a glamorous black gown with the bonus of pockets. Pic: Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP Image: Dame Helen Mirren stood out in sunshine yellow on the red carpet. Pic: AP Image: Model Candice Swanepoel was also among the guests for opening night. Pic: Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP Image: Actress Andie MacDowell wore a jewel-encrusted gown. Pic: Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP Image: Model Carla Bruni, who is married to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, walked the red carpet. Pic: AP 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.