Crowds descend on 75th Anniversary Cannes Film Festival

Actress Julianne Moore during the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival Photo: AFP/ VALERY HACHE

The Cannes Film Festival rolled out the red carpet as the Mediterranean port city filled up with cinema stars, festival goers and oglers for the 75th anniversary event, bringing buzz and glamour back to the resort destination.

The world’s biggest film festival runs May 17-28, back to its traditional calendar following two years of pandemic disruptions, and marking the return of parties and high hopes from the industry that it will spark the return of audiences to movie theatres.

"Don't believe the hype, people are saying it’s dying. I don't believe that for a second," said jury member Joachim Trier, referring to cinema, which he lauded as a "radiant, progressive, wonderful art form."

The Danish-Norwegian filmmaker noted that the festival had served as a springboard for the career of his grandfather Erik Lochen, who had a film in the competition in 1960. It helped bring an “unknown new filmmaker from a small country in the northern corner of Europe into prominence,” said Trier.

The festival opened on Tuesday with the screening of Michel Hazanavicius's zombie film, "Final Cut," and will also feature heavy hitters like Tom Cruise's "Top Gun: Maverick" — bringing Cruise to the festival for the first time in 30 years — and Baz Luhrmann's Elvis biopic.

Forest Whitaker will receive the festival's Honorary Palme D'Or for lifetime achievement. The actor's production company is showing “For the Sake of Peace” a documentary on the war in South Sudan.

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