Red carpet is rolled out just hours ahead of 75th Cannes Film Festival

Preparations are underway at Festival Palace as red carpet is rolled out just hours ahead of 75th Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony while celebrities including Eva Longoria arrive in the resort town

Preparations were well-underway just hours ahead of the 75th Cannes Film Festival opening on Tuesday morning as the red carpet was seen being rolled out while celebrities have begun arriving at the resort town.

Workers were hard at work installing the red carpet on the grand staircase outside Festival Palace, or Palais des Festivals, which is set to host the opening ceremony of the prestigious film festival on Tuesday night.

The last touches were made and the huge poster for the Cannes Film Festival’s golden jubilee, which this year features an image from The Truman Show, was unfurled by workers.

Getting ready: Preparations were well-underway just hours ahead of the 75th Cannes Film Festival opening on Tuesday morning as the red carpet was seen being rolled out while celebrities have begun arriving at the resort town

Getting ready: Preparations were well-underway just hours ahead of the 75th Cannes Film Festival opening on Tuesday morning as the red carpet was seen being rolled out while celebrities have begun arriving at the resort town

Impressive: The huge red carpet was rolled out just hours ahead of the lavish opening ceremony, which will get into full swing after Covid

Impressive: The huge red carpet was rolled out just hours ahead of the lavish opening ceremony, which will get into full swing after Covid 

And celebrities including Eva Longoria have begun arriving at the resort town ahead of the two-week annual event, which will see hotly-anticipated films Top Gun: Maverick and King of Rock ‘N Roll’ biopic ‘Elvis’ shown.

Eva was seen standing on a balcony at the Martinez Hotel on the eve of the 75th annual Cannes film festival as she expressed her excitement at attending the event.

The actress, 47, went braless in a figure-hugging silver dress which gathered at the front to create a unique texture.

The garment featured a turtle neck and was sleeveless, leaving her arms and shoulders exposed to the warm evening air.

Getting ready: Celebrities including Eva Longoria have begun arriving at the resort town ahead of the two-week annual event. On Monday, Eva was seen standing on a balcony at the Martinez Hotel

Getting ready: Celebrities including Eva Longoria have begun arriving at the resort town ahead of the two-week annual event. On Monday, Eva was seen standing on a balcony at the Martinez Hotel

Much-anticipated: On Wednesday, Hollywood star Tom Cruise will arrive at the film festival for the first time in 30 years as his much-delayed blockbuster sequel Top Gun: Maverick gets its European premiere at The Grand Hotel at the Croisette

Much-anticipated: On Wednesday, Hollywood star Tom Cruise will arrive at the film festival for the first time in 30 years as his much-delayed blockbuster sequel Top Gun: Maverick gets its European premiere at The Grand Hotel at the Croisette

She completed her look with a pair of strappy silver heels to add a few inches to her stature.

Eva accessorised with a pair of silver hoop earrings, with the jewellery visible under her wet hair.

Taking to her Instagram Stories, the star posed for a picture on the balcony, catching the golden light as the sun set. 

Eva captioned her post: ‘Hello my sweet Cannes.’

On Tuesday, Tyson Fury was seen posing for photographs with eager fans as he gave a tour of his superyacht just hours ahead of the opening ceremony, while model Matilda Lutz was seen stepping out of the Martinez Hotel.

Other stars who were seen arriving in Cannes for the festivities included Indian star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, French model Clémence Botino, French actor Jean-Pierre Léaud and Didi Stone.

BEFORE: After Cannes was entirely cancelled in 2020 (pictured without red carpet) and held under strict health protocols in 2021, the red carpet is set to return in all its glamour on Tuesday night

BEFORE: After Cannes was entirely cancelled in 2020 (pictured without red carpet) and held under strict health protocols in 2021, the red carpet is set to return in all its glamour on Tuesday night

AFTER: One of the first stars to walk the red carpet will be Forest Whitaker - the Oscar-winning star of 'The Last King of Scotland' - who is picking up the honorary Palme d'Or award at the opening ceremony

AFTER: One of the first stars to walk the red carpet will be Forest Whitaker – the Oscar-winning star of ‘The Last King of Scotland’ – who is picking up the honorary Palme d’Or award at the opening ceremony

Last year: The Cannes Film Festival in 2021 (pictured) was heavily affected by Covid-19 and led to a more scaled-back event

Last year: The Cannes Film Festival in 2021 (pictured) was heavily affected by Covid-19 and led to a more scaled-back event 

Arrival: Forest (pictured at Nice Airport on Monday), 60, won an acting award at the festival back in 1988 for his role as jazz legend Charlie Parker in Clint Eastwood's Bird

Arrival: Forest (pictured at Nice Airport on Monday), 60, won an acting award at the festival back in 1988 for his role as jazz legend Charlie Parker in Clint Eastwood’s Bird

Honoured: The 2022 Palme d'Or awards has been unveiled by Chopard. The award will be given to Forest Whitaker during the opening ceremony

Honoured: The 2022 Palme d’Or awards has been unveiled by Chopard. The award will be given to Forest Whitaker during the opening ceremony 

After Cannes was entirely cancelled in 2020 and held under strict health protocols in 2021, the red carpet is set to return in all its glamour on Tuesday night.

One of the first stars to walk the red carpet will be Forest Whitaker – the Oscar-winning star of ‘The Last King of Scotland’ – who is picking up the honorary Palme d’Or award at the opening ceremony. 

Forest, 60, won an acting award at the festival back in 1988 for his role as jazz legend Charlie Parker in Clint Eastwood’s Bird.

There will also be an array of TikTok stars taking to the red carpet this year after organisers have sought to refresh their image by partnering with the video streaming platform, which is sponsoring an award for short films.

Stars: On Tuesday, Tyson Fury was seen posing for photographs with eager fans just hours ahead of the opening ceremony, while model Matilda Lutz was seen stepping out of the Martinez Hotel

Stars: On Tuesday, Tyson Fury was seen posing for photographs with eager fans just hours ahead of the opening ceremony, while model Matilda Lutz was seen stepping out of the Martinez Hotel

Arrival: The legendary boxer cut a casual figure in blue shorts and a white T-shirt as he arrived for the festivities

Arrival: The legendary boxer cut a casual figure in blue shorts and a white T-shirt as he arrived for the festivities 

Chatting: He was seen busy speaking to people as he gave fans a tour of his superyacht in Cannes just hours ahead of the festival

Chatting: He was seen busy speaking to people as he gave fans a tour of his superyacht in Cannes just hours ahead of the festival

Stylish: Model Matilda Lutz looked effortlessly chic in a cropped white shirt and straight leg black jeans as she stepped out of the Martinez Hotel on Tuesday

Looking good: She completed her ensemble with white strapped heeled sandals and a white handbag with a pearl strap

Stylish: Model Matilda Lutz looked effortlessly chic in a cropped white shirt and straight leg black jeans as she stepped out of the Martinez Hotel on Tuesday 

Physique: Matilda flaunted her incredible figure in the clinging ensemble and flashed a huge grin a she arrived at the hotel

Physique: Matilda flaunted her incredible figure in the clinging ensemble and flashed a huge grin a she arrived at the hotel 

Hosting: Workers were seen lifting the huge red carpet into place as they decked out Festival Palace for the film festival

Hosting: Workers were seen lifting the huge red carpet into place as they decked out Festival Palace for the film festival

Opening ceremony: The film chosen to open the festival will be Final Cut, a comedy love letter to filmmaking and Z-list zombie movies from the team behind the award-winning The Artist

Opening ceremony: The film chosen to open the festival will be Final Cut, a comedy love letter to filmmaking and Z-list zombie movies from the team behind the award-winning The Artist

And the film chosen to open the festival will be Final Cut, a comedy love letter to filmmaking and Z-list zombie movies from the team behind the award-winning The Artist.

Its director Michel Hazanavicius said it was ‘a joyous celebration of film people, which I hope will encourage others to get involved’.

On Wednesday, Hollywood star Tom Cruise will arrive at the film festival for the first time in 30 years as his much-delayed blockbuster sequel Top Gun: Maverick gets its European premiere.

The sequel, long delayed by the pandemic, has been getting warm reviews from critics and gives Cannes a chance to honour Tom, described by festival director Thierry Fremaux as ‘someone who is devoted to cinema’.

A host of British stars including Letitia Wright, Joe Alwyn, Idris Elba, Tilda Swinton are also expected to attend this year’s festivities.

Star-studded: A host of British stars including Letitia Wright, Joe Alwyn, Idris Elba, Tilda Swinton are also expected to attend this year's festivities (pictured: preparations underway at the festival)

Star-studded: A host of British stars including Letitia Wright, Joe Alwyn, Idris Elba, Tilda Swinton are also expected to attend this year’s festivities (pictured: preparations underway at the festival)

Star: French actor Jean-Pierre Leaud, who is known for The 400 Blows and Stolen Kisses, arrived at Nice Airport in a wheelchair ahead of the festival

Star: French actor Jean-Pierre Leaud, who is known for The 400 Blows and Stolen Kisses, arrived at Nice Airport in a wheelchair ahead of the festival 

Glam: French model Clemence Botino looked sensational in a sheer black gown as she arrived at Nice Airport

Luggage: She carried a large black suitcase with her and slung a beige handbag across her front

Glam: French model Clemence Botino looked sensational in a sheer black gown as she arrived at Nice Airport carrying a large orange suitcase with her 

Red: The 75th Cannes Film Festival is set to be a massive affair, after two years of being hampered by Covid-19

Red: The 75th Cannes Film Festival is set to be a massive affair, after two years of being hampered by Covid-19

Wow! Didi Stone captured attention in a sensational orange and red patterned silk co-ord set, made up of wide leg trousers and a chic shirt

Glitzy: She completed her ensemble with a pair of metallic pink pointed heels and clutched a grey handbag in one hand

Wow! Didi Stone captured attention in a sensational orange and red patterned silk co-ord set, made up of wide leg trousers and a chic shirt 

Exciting: In total, some 35,000 film professionals are expected to attend the festival between May 17 and 28, hoping for a return to form for cinema's most glamorous event after two years when it was hampered by Covid-19 restrictions

Exciting: In total, some 35,000 film professionals are expected to attend the festival between May 17 and 28, hoping for a return to form for cinema’s most glamorous event after two years when it was hampered by Covid-19 restrictions

In total, some 35,000 film professionals are expected to attend the festival between May 17 and 28, hoping for a return to form for cinema’s most glamorous event after two years when it was hampered by Covid-19 restrictions.

‘We are ready. The town hall has just redone everything – the whole place – so we hope it will go well,’ said Jeremie Tripet, manager of ‘L’Avenue’, a bistro just off the main drag known as La Croisette.

One major exception is the absence of Russians, due to the impact of sanctions over the war in Ukraine and a ruling from the organisers that state-linked delegates are not welcome. China is also expected to have a limited presence due to its continuing Covid restrictions.

But otherwise the festival is keen to put the pandemic in the past, with no mandatory masks or health passes this year – and no restrictions to partying.

Nearly ready: A festival staff prepares the red carpet as the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival kicks off

Nearly ready: A festival staff prepares the red carpet as the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival kicks off 

Incredible: Didi swept her brunette tresses back into a slick up-do and shielded her eyes with a pair of narrow sunglasses

Stylish: She accessorised her look with a silver necklace as she arrived for the festivities

Incredible: Didi swept her brunette tresses back into a slick up-do and shielded her eyes with a pair of narrow sunglasses

Preparations: The last touches were made and the huge poster for the Cannes Film Festival's golden jubilee was unfurled by workers

Preparations: The last touches were made and the huge poster for the Cannes Film Festival’s golden jubilee was unfurled by workers

Film fans can get stuck into the usual feast of new releases and competition entries, braving the festival’s famously opinionated crowds, who are never shy about cheering and booing during screenings.

There’s a lot of excitement around the Elvis Presley biopic from Australia’s Baz Luhrmann, hoping to recreate the buzz he generated when he brought the can-can to Cannes with ‘Moulin Rouge!’ 20 years ago.

Elvis, playing out of competition, sees newcomer Austin Butler stepping into The King’s blue suede shoes. Tom Hanks plays his infamous manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

There are 21 films in the race for the Palme d’Or, including the latest body-horror fable from David Cronenberg, Crimes of the Future, starring Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart.

The Canadian director told IndieWire it is likely to cause walkouts ‘within the first five minutes’.

Greeting: Aishwarya Rai was seen blowing kisses to fans and onlookers as she arrived at the Martinez hotel ahead of the film festival

Amazing: She captured attention in a black jacket embellished with colourful sequins

Greeting: Aishwarya Rai was seen blowing kisses to fans and onlookers as she arrived at the Martinez hotel ahead of the film festival

Bouquet: Actress Aishwarya, known for action film The Last Legion, clutched a lavish bouquet of roses as she arrived at Nice Airport on Tuesday

Bouquet: Actress Aishwarya, known for action film The Last Legion, clutched a lavish bouquet of roses as she arrived at Nice Airport on Tuesday 

Good spirits: Natalie Osmann pushed a pram as she arrived in Cannes for the festival

Wow! Jordan Grant looked elegant in white trousers and a rainbow shirt

Good spirits: Natalie Osmann pushed a pram and waved at fans as she arrived in Cannes for the festival while Jordan Grant looked elegant in white trousers and a rainbow shirt 

There are only five women directors in the competition, hoping to follow the success of last year’s winner, Titane, which made Julia Ducournau only the second female to win the Palme.

Alongside all the glitz, festival director Thierry Fremaux said Cannes aimed to keep the war in Ukraine in the spotlight.

‘Together we will have a great festival – we will think a lot about cinema without ever stopping thinking about Ukraine.’

The final film by Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravicius, who was killed by Russian forces in Ukraine last month, will get a special screening.

Fashionable: French star Romain Duris kept it casual in blue jeans and a cream shirt with leopards printed on it

Amazing: Actress Bérénice Bejo flaunted her toned pegs in a white dress with pockets and a grey jacket

Fashionable: French star Romain Duris kept it casual in blue jeans and a cream shirt with leopards printed on it while actress Bérénice Bejo flaunted her toned pegs in a white dress with pockets and a grey jacket 

Festival: There will be an array of TikTok stars taking to the red carpet this year after organisers have sought to refresh their image by partnering with the video streaming platform, which is sponsoring an award for short films

Festival: There will be an array of TikTok stars taking to the red carpet this year after organisers have sought to refresh their image by partnering with the video streaming platform, which is sponsoring an award for short films

Incredible: Amandine Petit looked sensational in white trousers and a vibrant blue top

Purple: Italian actress Eleonora Pieroni was a vision in a lilac ensemble

Incredible: Amandine Petit looked sensational in white trousers and a vibrant blue top while Italian actress Eleonora Pieroni was a vision in a lilac ensemble 

He was shooting a follow-up to his celebrated documentary Mariupolis, about the conflict in Ukraine’s Donbas region, when he was reportedly captured and killed.

The main competition also includes exiled Russian Kirill Serebrennikov, who was unable to attend for his two previous nominations due to a politically charged conviction for embezzlement back home.

Fremaux said the festival wanted to lend a hand to ‘the Russians who take risks to resist’ while offering ‘absolute and non-negotiable support to the Ukrainian people’.

The jury charged with selecting the winners this year includes Indian superstar Deepika Padukone and Iran’s two-time Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi, and is headed by French actor Vincent Lindon.

Looking good: Workers were hard at work installing the red carpet on the grand staircase outside Festival Palace, or Palais des Festivals, which is set to host the opening ceremony of the prestigious film festival on Tuesday night

Looking good: Workers were hard at work installing the red carpet on the grand staircase outside Festival Palace, or Palais des Festivals, which is set to host the opening ceremony of the prestigious film festival on Tuesday night