The red carpet was out and the stars of the world of cinema were present for the glittering opening ceremony of the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival.
This year, a total of 21 films are in competition for the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or .
Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu is serving as jury president. The Oscar-winning director said that he feels a great honour as the first Latin American to be in this position.
Award-winning Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos is also a member of the jury.
The international film festival was declared open by English-French actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg and Oscar-winning Spanish actor Javier Bardem.
This year's Cannes Film Festival will open with the premiere of the new film by American director Jim Jarmusch, called 'The Dead Don't Die'. It's a comedy about zombies and stars Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Iggy Pop and Danny Glover.
Also in competition is the new film by Quentin Tarantino, 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood', a comedy-drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.
The 72nd Cannes Film Festival ends on May 25th.