Eva Longoria, Lady Victoria Hervey and Caroline Dauer led the glamour as they attended the screening of Final Cut (Coupez!) amid the opening ceremony of Cannes Film Festival 2022.
The Desperate Housewives star, 47, looked sensational in a plunging, semi-sheer black gown as they glided across the very first red carpet at the 75th annual event held at the Festival Palace, or Palais des Festivals on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Lady Victoria dazzled in an encrusted pale pink gown while German model Caroline put on a very leggy display as she showed some skin in a sparkly pink mini dress.
Eva was sure to steal the show in her sweeping gown which featured a semi-sheer ruffled skirt, sequins and thin spaghetti straps.
The star teamed the number with a black and diamond choker, while a pair of killer black heels were seen beneath her skirt.
The beauty swept her raven locks into an elegant up do with loose tendrils framing her face, while she highlighted her features with a soft make-up palette.
Eva was one of the first to jet into the French resort for the annual event, having been 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.
Gorgeous: The Desperate Housewives star, 47, looked sensational in a plunging, semi-sheer black gown as they glided across the very first red carpet at the 75th annual event held at the Festival Palace, or Palais des Festivals on Tuesday
The actress 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.
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.’
The two-week annual event, will also see hotly-anticipated films Top Gun: Maverick and King of Rock ‘N Roll’ biopic ‘Elvis’ shown.
Looking good: Eva was sure to steal the show in her sweeping gown which featured a semi-sheer ruffled skirt, sequins and thin spaghetti straps
After Cannes was entirely cancelled in 2020 and held under strict health protocols in 2021, the red carpet returns 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.
Oh so glam: Eva waves to the crowds as she graced the very first red carpet of the festival
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 hismuch-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.
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.
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’.