The French Riviera came alive on Saturday evening as the 77th annual Cannes Film Festival continued.

The sprawling Palais des Festival played host to the Emilia Perez premiere as a number of models turned Cannes into a runway. 

Carla Bruni was joined by fashionista Alexa Chung and Natasha Poly – and all were dressed to impress for the screening. 

Carla, 56, looked stunning in a gold sleeveless sequin evening dress that bore a sweetheart neckline while making her way into the event.

The model added to the look with silver and gold jewellery, while her make-up was a soft feminine palette.

Italian model Carla Bruni looked every inch the golden goddess as she stepped out on to the star-studded carpet wearing a fabulous metallic pencil dress

Italian model Carla Bruni looked every inch the golden goddess as she stepped out on to the star-studded carpet wearing a fabulous metallic pencil dress 

Alexa, 40, who is reportedly engaged her boyfriend Tom Sturridge following months of rumours, wore a bold black dress with corset detailing and two horns in the chest area. 

The bottom half was a black tulle skirt which she paired with round court shoes.

She wore her dark tresses slicked back and highlighted her natural beauty with. flick of eyeliner and a dark red lip.

Natasha Poly, 38, made sure she commanded attention as she attended the event in a barely-there, black dress.

The very racy number had a one shouldered strap and panel detailing that covered her modesty.

Her toned legs were put on display as she teetered the carpet in black pointed sling backs.

As she turned around to give photographers a glimpse of the back of her ensemble, her pert derriere was on full display, as it was only covered by a very sheer layer of the dress material.

Making sure she continued with her bold look throughout, Natasha opted for a dark eye and wet look hair that was scraped back into a low ponytail.

The 56-year-old put on an age defying display as she showed off her fabulously toned figure in a plunging sweet heart neckline gown

The 56-year-old put on an age defying display as she showed off her fabulously toned figure in a plunging sweet heart neckline gown

The model veteran dazzled as she styled her thick caramel locks into lose glamourous waves

The model veteran dazzled as she styled her thick caramel locks into lose glamourous waves

Carla, 56, looked typically stunning in a gold sleeveless sequin evening dress that bore a sweetheart neckline while making her way into the event

Carla, 56, looked typically stunning in a gold sleeveless sequin evening dress that bore a sweetheart neckline while making her way into the event

The TV presenter and model wore a black corset cinched at the waist over her dramatic dress which featured a large tulle skirt

The TV presenter and model wore a black corset cinched at the waist over her dramatic dress which featured a large tulle skirt

Alexa, 40, who is reportedly engaged her boyfriend Tom Sturridge wore a bold black dress with corset detailing and two horns in the chest area

The corset style top had ribbed detailing and also bore black sequins in the shape of flowers all over it

Alexa, 40, who is reportedly engaged her boyfriend Tom Sturridge wore a bold black dress with corset detailing and two horns in the chest area

She wore her dark tresses slicked back and highlighted her natural beauty with. flick of eyeliner and a dark red lip

She wore her dark tresses slicked back and highlighted her natural beauty with. flick of eyeliner and a dark red lip

Natasha Poly, 38, made sure she commanded attention as she attended the event in a barely-there, black dress

As she turned around to give photographers a glimpse of the back of her ensemble, Natalie's pert derriere was on full display, as it was only covered by a very sheer layer of the dress material

Natasha Poly, 38, made sure she commanded attention as she attended the event in a barely-there, black dress

Her toned legs were put on display as she teetered the carpet in black pointed sling backs

Her toned legs were put on display as she teetered the carpet in black pointed sling backs

The model made sure she continued with her bold look throughout and opted for a dark eye and wet look hair that was scraped back into a low ponytail

The model made sure she continued with her bold look throughout and opted for a dark eye and wet look hair that was scraped back into a low ponytail

Rochelle was attending the Emilia Perez premiere - a musical crime comedy film starring Karal Sofia Gascon, Selena Gomez, Zoe Saldana and Edgar Ramirez

Rochelle was attending the Emilia Perez premiere – a musical crime comedy film starring Karal Sofia Gascon, Selena Gomez, Zoe Saldana and Edgar Ramirez

The three models were attending the Emilia Perez premiere. The musical crime film stars Karal Sofia Gascon, Selena Gomez, Zoe Saldana and Edgar Ramirez.

According to IMDB, the film’s plot centres on Rita, a talented lawyer disillusioned by her firm’s win-at-all-costs mentality, who finds an unexpected opportunity for escape. 

Infamous cartel leader Manitas enlists her for an extraordinary task: to assist him in leaving his criminal empire behind and fulfilling his lifelong dream of transitioning into the woman he has always wanted to be.

Cannes is the world’s biggest film festival, first conceived in 1939 as an alternative to the then-fascist-influenced Venice Film Festival.

It has been held annually since 1946 except in 1948 and 1950, when it was cancelled due to lack of funds.

French model Josephine Le Tutour cut a royal figure as she stepped out in a black satin ballgown

French model Josephine Le Tutour cut a royal figure as she stepped out in a black satin ballgown

The 29-year-old's dramatic fishtail dress accentuated her fabulous figure as it cinched the model in at the waist before dramatically pooling out in a skirt and train

The 29-year-old’s dramatic fishtail dress accentuated her fabulous figure as it cinched the model in at the waist before dramatically pooling out in a skirt and train

Like many other celebrities of the evening, Josephine's fabulous dress featured a hint of white silk as the top of her dress featured a heart-shape design with a twisted knot in the middle

Like many other celebrities of the evening, Josephine’s fabulous dress featured a hint of white silk as the top of her dress featured a heart-shape design with a twisted knot in the middle 

The festival is known for its carefully selected programme of films that have gone on to Oscar glory or launched the careers of directors like Quentin Tarantino.

Cannes’ top prize is the Palme d’Or, or Golden Palm, whose past winners include Taxi Driver, Apocalypse Now, Pulp Fiction, The Pianist and Parasite.

Jane Campion became the first female director to win in 1993 with The Piano, followed by a nearly three-decade gap until Julia Ducournau received the award for Titane in 2021.

Justine Triet became only the third female director to take the prize last year with Anatomy of a Fall.

There is also an honorary Palme d’Or, which is awarded in recognition of notable bodies of work, with past recipients including Harrison Ford, Jane Fonda and Clint Eastwood.

There are two honorary winners this year: George Lucas of ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Indiana Jones’ fame, and Japanese animation legend Studio Ghibli, the first group to receive the prize.

Other awards include the Grand Prix, jury prize, best director, best actor, best actress, best screenplay and best short film.

The Cannes Film Festival officially kicked off on Tuesday night as celebrities walked the red carpet into the plush Grand Theatre Lumiere to honour Hollywood actor Meryl Streep before settling in to watch this year’s opening film, The Second Act.

Almost as prestigious as winning the Palme d’Or, the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize, is being on the jury that picks the winner.

Artists from around the world who have made a name for themselves in their respective field are picked to sit on the jury, with one member designated as jury president.

This year’s jury president, U.S. director Greta Gerwig, comes to Cannes after the massive success last summer of Barbie.

She is the first female U.S. director to serve as jury president, taking the baton from the head of the 2023 jury, Triangle of Sadness director and two-time Palme d’Or winner, Ruben Ostlund of Sweden.

The breakout star of Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, Lily Gladstone returns to Cannes after becoming the first Native American woman to be nominated for an Oscar and winning a Golden Globe award for her performance.

One of the writers of the 2014 Palme d’Or-winning film Winter Sleep, Turkish photographer, actor and screenwriter Ebru Ceylan is a familiar face at the festival.

Her first short film, On the Edge, was selected to compete at Cannes in 1998, and she has co-written several movies that were in the main competition line-up, including About Dry Grasses, Three Monkeys and The Wild Pear Tree.

One of the select few women who have starred in a James Bond film, French actor Eva Green is also on the jury. 

She has an eclectic resume that includes Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven, smaller-scale projects like Nocebo and TV series Penny Dreadful.

The 12-time winner of Spain’s prestigious Goya Awards, Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona is on the jury. 

He gained international recognition in 2007 with his first feature-length horror movie The Orphanage, produced by award-winning Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.

His latest, the survival drama and Netflix hit ‘Society of the Snow,’ netted the director an Oscar nomination for best international feature film at this year’s ceremony.

After making a name with 2018’s Capernaum, which earned her Golden Globe, BAFTA and Oscar nominations, Lebanese director and screenwriter Nadine Labaki, who has long had ties to Cannes, adds jury member to her list of accolades.

Jury president Greta Gerwig, second from left, poses with jury members Omar Sy, from left, Lily Gladstone, Nadine Labaki, Kore-eda Hirokazu, Ebru Ceylan, J.A. Bayona, Eva Green, and Pierfrancesco Favino at the opening festival

Jury president Greta Gerwig, second from left, poses with jury members Omar Sy, from left, Lily Gladstone, Nadine Labaki, Kore-eda Hirokazu, Ebru Ceylan, J.A. Bayona, Eva Green, and Pierfrancesco Favino at the opening festival 

One of Italy’s most famous actors with a parallel Hollywood career, Pierfrancesco Favino is no stranger to Cannes, having appeared in the competition films The Traitor, directed by Marco Bellocchio, and Mario Martone’s Nostalgia and now on the jury. 

Winner of the 2018 Palme d’Or for Shoplifters, which also nabbed an Oscar nomination, acclaimed Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda returns as a main competition jury member after his film Monster won best screenplay at last year’s festival.

With a Cesar award – France’s equivalent of an Oscar – under his belt for The Intouchables as well as several successful blockbusters, French actor Omar Sy is a Cannes veteran.

The actor with parts in X-Men: Days of Future Past and Jurassic World starred in the opening film of the 2022 Un Certain Regard section at Cannes, Father & Soldier, and will now serve on the jury. 

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