Spanish star and Oscar Best Supporting Actor winner, Javier Bardem, and French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg declared the Cannes film festival officially open on Tuesday, May 14th.
The massive fabled French Riviera movie showcase has done its all to rekindle its love affair with Hollywood, and a parade of celebrities will be walking the Cannes’ red carpet during the 12-day event.
Here are the big moments for stargazers at the world's biggest film festival:
All-Star Monster Mash
The kick off, starting with the opening night, promises a steady stream of glitz at the world premiere of Jim Jarmusch's zombie flick "The Dead Don't Die".
The ones who teamed up for the horror movie are Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Selena Gomez, Chloe Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, and RZA of the Wu-Tang. Notably, the movie has a political edge to it.
As Cannes has yet to resolve its running row with Netflix, some industry humourists said "The Dead Don't Die" could also describe the festival's resilience in the face of technology's rapid encroachment.
Maradona: Hero and 'Hustler'
An anticipated release is about Football legend Diego Maradona who has seen more drama on and off the pitch than all the international leagues and his story is now headed for the big screen.
Moreover, the Argentine with the genius footwork, and the notorious "hand of God" goal against England, is expected at the premiere. The eponymous documentary on his astonishing life is made by Asif Kapadia, the Oscar-winning maker of "Amy" about the doomed British singer Amy Winehouse.
Meanwhile, portraying him as both a hero and a "hustler", the biopic covers the highs and lows of his storied career at Sevilla, Barcelona, and Napoli. It also traces his frequent brushes with death as he indulged a cocaine habit and flirted with the underworld.
The wildly unpredictable Maradona, as guest of honour at his black-tie screening, will add an extra frisson to the scandal-prone festival.
Quentin Tarantino's hotly anticipated "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" had organisers on tenterhooks before news arrived that the 1994 Palme d'Or winner for "Pulp Fiction" would complete the film in time for a Cannes birth.
With a top-notch cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie in another Tarantino ode to cinema, the movie will be hard to beat in terms of the glamour quotient.
DiCaprio will be doing double-duty on the Cote d'Azur, also promoting the alarming climate change documentary he produced, "Ice on Fire".
And U2's activist frontman, Bono, not to be outclassed, will buzz through town to support the documentary "5B" about a San Francisco hospital ward on the front line of the 1980s AIDS crisis.