Julianne Moore is among the first to arrive for the glitzy Cannes Film Festival, when the city turns into Tinseltown with the elite of the film world whirling into the French Riviera.
The Oscar-winning actress and face for L”Oreal was seen arriving at the luxury Hotel Martinez on the exclusive Boulevard de la Croisette, on Monday – a favourite with A-list Cannes guests – and enjoying spectacular sea views of the Bay of Cannes from her balcony.
Australian director Baz Luhrmann is another of the early arrivals, getting into town ahead of the grand premiere of his latest film The Great Gatsby.
The red carpet has been rolled out in the last of the preparations for the glamorous festival, which will see Hollywood”s biggest stars gather for the most important film event of the year. It will start with a splash on Wednesday night with the premiere of Baz”s latest big screen creation.
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, Baz Luhrmann“s 3D version of The Great Gatsby will provide a lavish throwback to the Roaring Twenties for the world”s biggest cinema showcase.
Stars expected to grace the red carpet this year include Ryan Gosling, Emma Watson, Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. Nicole Kidman and film director Ang Lee have been named as jury members, with director Steven Spielberg heading up the panel.
Films in the running for the coveted Palme D”Or for best picture – to be awarded on the final day by the jury – include Baz Luhrmann”s The Great Gatsby, Roman Polanksi”s French-language film La Venus a la Fourrure as well as the latest film from the Coen brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis.
Also being considered for the prestigious award is Only God Forgives, a crime thriller set in the Bangkok underworld. Ryan Gosling plays the lead, teaming up with his Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn.
Behind the scenes of the 66th Cannes Film Festival, up to 40,000 film professionals will be seeking to buy and sell the next box office hit at the most important film event of the year.
This year”s decoration includes retro posters of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in a romantic embrace. They were first honoured by Cannes in 1958, the year they married.