Cannes kicks off with glam red carpet

2012-05-19 17:56

It was lights, camera and action this week on the French Riviera as the world’s most glamorous film festival got under way.

The 65th Cannes International Film festival kicked off with the screening of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.

Although industry insiders will be interested in networking and prizegiving ceremonies, it’s the red carpet that draws most of the world’s attention – and this year is no different.

Leading the pack was pint-sized actress Eva Longoria, who has already been dubbed the belle of the Cannes ball.

The Desperate Housewives actress wore an alluring pale pink, form-fitting, bare-backed Marchesa gown with a long train for the festival’s opening ceremony at Palais des Festivals.

She followed it up the next evening with yet another eye-catching gown – this time a white Emilio Pucci with a plunging neckline and clever panels that enhanced her curves.

Freida Pinto, who like Longoria is an ambassador for L’Oreal, followed close on her heels in the style stakes.

The Slumdog Millionaire actress was bang on trend on opening night in a Micheal Angel gown with a sequined bodice. Only her silver platform sandals let her down.

But it was her lime-green Versace Atelier dress that stopped everyone in their tracks. Slick and slit to the thigh, it gave the often fashion-safe actress a fierce edge.

Although South Africa didn’t feature on the opening week of the festival, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) – which, along with the arts and culture department are the official hosts of South African delegation – said South Africa made strides during its first day.

“The Mandela documentary, as reported by the Hollywood Reporter, is starting to generate pre-market sales.

The documentary is about our former president Nelson Mandela’s life.

Distributors and buyers came in numbers to the South African pavilion looking for authentic stories that will continue to capture audiences,” said the NFVF in a statement.

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