Deepika Padukone makes repping India at the Cannes look great

Bardem and Cruz walked the red carpet at the opening night ceremony packed with French stars, from Jean-Luc Godard's "Pierrot Le Fou" star Anna Karina to Isabelle Adjani, which introduced Cate Blanchett's jury; Blanchett and Martin Scorsese officially declared Cannes 2018 open. "I think the cross-pollination of cultures and aesthetics on global red-carpets is great", said Malhotra. The festival also opened an email (cannesalerte@festival-cannes.fr) to receive accounts of harassment and abuse. A victim support charity has also been roped in to help the victims. You'll be on the same page as us (and everybody else who has eyes) as soon as you're done looking at the pictures.

During the inaugural address, Prasoon Joshi, writer, poet and chairman, Central Board of Film Certification India, said, "I am happy that the national awards this year and the ministry have taken special efforts in depicting the regional cinema at such a platform".

Cate Blanchett surprised by the choice of attire.

'Is it going to have a direct impact on the films in competition this year, six months on?' she asked.

Festival director Thierry Fremaux and his team choose the official programme from about 1600 films. With the modernisation and the way the world has changed...the difference between men and women have changed.

Continued Moore: "Because we are human beings who crave community and crave solidarity - in a sense we are herd animals - when people step forward that way, it allows other people to come forward, too, and it's a sea change".

Farhadi, an acclaimed Iranian director, earned worldwide press past year for boycotting the Oscars during Donald Trump's travel ban (his acclaimed film, The Salesman, went on to win best foreign film).

Another Iranian with a movie in competition, Jafar Panahi, will be unable to attend the festival as he is officially banned from film-making by his government.

"Needless to say, there are a few events in the world that capture the generosity and glamour of the movies as beautifully as the Cannes Film Festival", the designer said in an email interview. "Manto" will premiere on May 13 in Un Certain Regard section while "Sir" will have its premiere the next day in Critic's Week.

  • Leroy Wright