Celebs gather at Cannes Film Festival for the first time since COVID as tributes paid to Tom Cruise

Stars from across the globe descended on the red carpet ahead of premieres for upcoming films that are set to take place over the next 10 days at the Cannes Film Festival.

Actor Tom Cruise made a whirlwind appearance after 30 years and received a surprise honorary Palme d’Or.

The 59-year-old went to the premiere of Top Gun: Maverick where all the stops were pulled out from rare interviews on stage, a red carpet featuring a flyby of jets and of course his honorary presentation.

The award was presented by Pierre Lescure, the festival’s president just before the screening began.

The Cannes Film Festival returned for the first time since the COVID pandemic, and stars from across the globe descended on the red carpet ahead of premieres for upcoming films and documentaries.

The 75th annual film festival is taking place from 17 to 28 May to feature previews for films and documentaries from all over the world.

Zombie comedy Final Cut led the screening as the chosen film to open the ceremony.

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The festival opened with a video message from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy who appeared as a special guest.

A-listers including Bollywood icon Deepika Padukone, Lashana Lynch, Tallia Storm, Rebecca Hall, Eva Longoria and Katherine Langford stepped out in their glamorous frocks for the occasion.

Image: Actress Deepika Padukone attends the screening of “Final Cut” and the Opening Ceremony Red Carpet during the 75th Annual Cannes Film Festival
17 May 2022, France, Cannes: The actress Lashana Lynch attends the screening of "Final Cut" (original title: "Coupez!") and the Opening Ceremony Red Carpet during the 75th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals. Photo by: Stefanie Rex/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
Image: Acrtress Lashana Lynch best know for her roles in Still Star-Crossed, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Marvel and James Bond No Time to Die
Jury member Rebecca Hall appears at the opening ceremony of the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 17, 2021. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Image: Actress Rebecca Hall who starred in The Night House, Godzilla Vs. Kong and made her directorial debut with the drama Passing
Katherine Langford poses for photographers upon arrival at the opening ceremony and the premiere of the film 'Final Cut' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Image: Actress Katherine Langford who starred as Hannah Baker in Netflix’s series 13 Reasons Why

Bérénice Bejo, the French Argentine actress who stars in Final Cut stepped out in a green two-piece set with lace embroidery.

Berenice Bejo poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Final Cut' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Image: Berenice Bejo who plays Nadia in ‘Final Cut’ at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France
17 May 2022, France, Cannes: The singer Tallia Storm attends the screening of "Final Cut" (original title: "Coupez!") and the Opening Ceremony Red Carpet during the 75th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals. Photo by: Stefanie Rex/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
Image: Singer-songwriter Tallia Storm who appeared on Celebs Go Dating and The X Factor.

The actress was joined by co-stars Romain Duris, Finnegan Oldfield, Matilda Lutz and director Michel Hazanavicius.

The invite-only event, which was previously known as the International Film Festival until 2003, is being held at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres.

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The film Final Cut was renamed from the original ‘Coupz’, after Ukrainian protestors pointed out the letter Z represents support for Russia in the war against Ukraine.

Source : Sky News