Red carpet is rolled out ahead of Cannes Film Festival

STORY: The festival is gearing up for a bumper 75th anniversary edition, taking place in the shadow of the Ukraine conflict, with a selection of big Hollywood names, buzzy newcomers and previous Palme d’Or winners

The cinema event runs from May 17-28, resuming its traditional calendar following two years of pandemic disruptions, and taking place in the shadow of the Ukraine conflict.

It was cancelled in 2020, and last year moved to July, when it was held under strict covid protocols.

This year, the parties are back and Hollywood heavyweights will include Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun Maverick,” – bringing the star to Cannes for the first time in three decades – as well as Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic, starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks. Actor Forest Whitaker will be on hand to receive the festival’s Honorary Palme D’Or for lifetime achievement.

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