Cannes Film Festival 2016 (Day 1) – Opening Ceremony

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The world’s most important and most glamorous film festival opened today in Cannes on the French Riviera as the 69th edition of the International Film Festival of Cannes returned and it will end on 22nd May. This year there are 21 films competing for its top prize, the Palme d’Or.

This year`s edition will be presided by the Australian director, screenwriter and producer, George Miller. The Jury will therefore include four women and four men around George Miller: Arnaud Desplechin, Kirsten Dunst, Valeria Golino, Mads Mikkelsen, László Nemes, Vanessa Paradis, Katayoon Shahabi and Donald Sutherland. The official poster was designed using stills from Jean-Luc Godard‘s film Contempt.

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The 69th Cannes Film Festival Official Poster. Photo: festival-cannes.fr

As always the red carpet will be the place where our favorite movie stars sizzle and this year Julia Roberts, Charlize Theron, Juliette Binoche, Marion Cotillard and Javier Bardem will be hitting the red carpet. Woody Allen’s newest movie, Café Society, is the opening night film, and Clooney and Roberts’ thriller Money Monster, directed by Jodie Foster, premieres May 12.

Mexico is set to have a high profile at this year’s Cannes Film Festival with the participation of Mexican films, actors and judges. Also Mexican actor and director Diego Luna has been selected to serve on the jury of the festival’s Un Certain Regard competition, which is designed to promote young talent and unique cinematic styles.

Check out the sizzling red carpet gallery of this year`s Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony…

American director Woody Allen, Blake Lively and Kristen Stewart attended the “Cafe Society” Photocall during The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France.

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Blake Lively, director Woody Allen and Kristen Stewart attend the “Cafe Society” Photocall during The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France. Photo: Zimbio

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Blake Lively attends the "Cafe Society" Photocall during The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France. Photo: Zimbio

Blake Lively attends the “Cafe Society” Photocall during The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France. Photo: Zimbio

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Kristen Stewart attends the “Cafe Society” Photocall during The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France. Photo: Bellazon

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Kirsten Dunst, Vanessa Paradis, George Miller, Valeria Golino and Katayoon Shahabi attended the Jury Photocall at the 69th Festival de Cannes, on 11th May 2016.

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Kirsten Dunst at the Jury Photocall at the 69th Festival de Cannes.

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Vanessa Paradis at the Jury Photocall at the 69th Festival de Cannes.

American actress Jessica Chastain and French actor Vincet Lindon hit the red carpet for the “Cafe Society” Premiere and Opening ceremony at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, France, on 11th May 2016. The 39-year-old sizzled in Armani Prive strapless yellow gown which accentuated her curves and completed the look with Piaget jewelry and Charlotte Olympia shoes.

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Vincent Lindon and Jessica Chastain attend the Opening Gala Ceremony during The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France. Photo: Zimbio

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Aussie actress Naomi Watts was all smiles while attending the “Cafe Society” Premiere and Opening ceremony at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, France, on 11th May 2016. The 47-year-old L’Oréal Paris ambassador was wearing Armani Prive strapless lavender color gown with intricate embroideries and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes. She completed the look with gorgeous Bvlgari diamond necklace.

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American actor and musician Justin Timberlake attended the “Cafe Society” Premiere and Opening ceremony at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, France, on 11th May 2016.

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American actress Blake Lively looked glamorous while walking the red carpet for the “Cafe Society” Premiere and Opening ceremony at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, France, on 11th May 2016. The 28-year-old L’Oréal Paris ambassador proudly showed off her growing bump in a Atelier Versace fitted gown covered in all-over sparkle and a series of sheer cutouts across the bodice and train of the dress.

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American actress Julianne Moore was also was at the “Cafe Society” Premiere and Opening ceremony at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, France, on 11th May 2016. The 55-year-old L’Oréal Paris ambassador opted for all black elegance with custom made Givenchy Couture gown with shimmering embroideries designed by Riccardo Tisci and completed the look with Chopard jewelry in emerald colors.

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Julianne Moore at Opening ceremony at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, France, on 11th May 2016. Photo: CelebMafia Photo: CelebMafia

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Fawaz Gruosi and model Bella Hadid walked the red carpet together at the “Cafe Society” Premiere and Opening ceremony at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, France, on 11th May 2016. The 19-year-old model looked dazzling while wearing de Grisogono jewelry and Roberto Cavalli nude shimmering evening dress designed by Peter Dundas.

Fawaz Gruosi and model Bella Hadid walked the red carpet together at the "Cafe Society" Premiere and Opening ceremony at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.

Fawaz Gruosi and model Bella Hadid walked the red carpet together at the “Cafe Society” Premiere and Opening ceremony at the 69th Cannes Film Festival. Photo: CelebMafia

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As we expected Dutch supermodel Doutzen Kroes was also at Opening ceremony at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, France, on 11th May 2016. The 31-year-old L’Oréal Paris ambassador opted for all black elegance wearing Brandon Maxwell halterneck gown with open back and thigh high slit which reveled her toned legs, and finished off the look with Salvatore Ferragamo black pumps.

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Doutzen Kroes at Opening ceremony at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, France, on 11th May 2016. Photo: CelebMafia

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American actress Kristen Stewart hit the red carpet at Opening ceremony at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, France, on 11th May 2016. The 26-year-old donned bold red lipstick and smokey eyes as she posed to the photographers wearing a look from the latest Chanel Resort 2017 collection.

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Kristen Stewart at Opening ceremony at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, France, on 11th May 2016. Photo: CelebMafia

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American actress and producer Eva Longoria was also among the attendees at Opening ceremony at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, France, on 11th May 2016. The 41-year-old L’Oréal Paris ambassador exuded elegance dressed in Pamela Rolland form fitted gown with see-through bodice and white skirt, while completing the look with Brian Atwood shoes and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

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Eva Longoria at Opening ceremony at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, France, on 11th May 2016. Photo: CelebMafia

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British fashion designer Victoria Beckham was also at the Opening ceremony at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, France, on 11th May 2016. The 42-year-old shined in her own designs, an elegant black jumpsuit with white details on the top, and accessorized with Chopard jewelry. What was most striking was her seemingly vanishing tattoos. An inking on her wrist of her husband David Beckham’s initials appeared to have almost totally disappeared.

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Victoria Beckham at Opening Ceremony at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, France, on 11th May 2016. Photo: CelebMafia

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Chinese actress Gong Li was also among the attendees at Opening ceremony at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, France, on 11th May 2016. The 50-year-old showed off her slim figure in Roberto Cavalli white gown while completing the look with Piaget diamond jewelry.

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Gong Li at Opening ceremony at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, France, on 11th May 2016. Photo: CelebMafia

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Chinese beauty Nini shined at the “Cafe Society” Premiere and Opening ceremony at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, France, on 11th May 2016. The 27-year-old looked glamorous dressed in Zuhair Murad Couture plunging neckline gown, allowing us to glimpse into the realism of magic & glittering clusters.

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Thai actress Chompoo Araya also attended the “Cafe Society” Premiere and Opening ceremony at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, France, on 11th May 2016. The 34-year-old stole the spotlight dressed in Ralph & Russo Couture multi layered pink gown and accessorized with Chopard jewelry.

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Indian actress Mallika Sherawat also walked the red carpet for the “Cafe Society” Premiere and Opening ceremony at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, France, on 11th May 2016. The 39-year-old was dressed in Georges Hobeika pale blue, strapless, mermaid gown featuring horizontal stripes of gold embroidery and a gold and blue, oriental designed hem line from their Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2015-16 collection. She accessorized with Mellerio diamond jewerly.

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Russian model Tanya Dziahileva hit the red carpet for the “Cafe Society” Premiere and Opening ceremony at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, France, on 11th May 2016. The 24-year-old blonde beauty shined in Georges Hobeika red, long sleeved, tulle gown featuring rich floral embroideries from their Fall-Winter 2016-17 Ready-to-Wear collection.

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