I arrived at Cannes Film Festival and before I could even catch my breath I was whisked away to the opening ceremony and Gala.
The festival was founded in 1946 and is undoubtable one of the world's leading and most prestigious film festivals. Situated on the French Rivera, nothing prepares you for the gorgeous sea views bathed in glorious sunshine.
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The main premieres take place at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres just a stone's throw away from Palm Beach. It is conveniently situated in the city centre so it is easy to take a trip up into the old town if you want to find the best fresh bread, cheese, fruits and vegetables and of course to meet some of the beautiful local people.
The festival premiere's films of all genres from documentaries to features which this year included 'Valley of Love' starring Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert. The film is directed by Guilaume Nicloux and is a tense and strangely undulating drama about a couple who have not seen each other for years who must meet to visit their son. Beware, it is completely unpredictable and is full of twists and turns.
One of my personal favourites at the festival had to be 'Blood Orange', directed by the brilliant Toby Tobias. This Carnaby International and Lightworks film stars the infamous rock legend Iggy Pop. It is a fast paced explosive thriller that is full of surprises. It is a definite must see film that will have you gripping your chair in anticipation of what is going to happen next.
The highlight of the festival had to be the world premiere of 'Macbeth' starring Michael Fassbender.
I began the evening at the ultra chic Majestic Hotel where I met the stunning lead actress Marion Cotillard who was extremely humble and kind. The film is directed by Justin Kurzel's and is based on the original play by William Shakespeare. It is a classic struggle for power that ends in death, destruction and destitution. The mise en scene is simply incredible and the storyline unfolds in a way that is gripping and engaging, especially during the battle scenes. Even though some parts of the film are profoundly dark, the beauty of the shot structure ensures it is completely captivating.
During my time at this amazing event I had the great pleasure of meeting Matthias Schoenaerts, Gerard Depardieu, Gabriel Byrne, Devin Druid, and even Asap Rocky, who was in town with his new film Dope directed by Rick Famuyiwa.
As always the red carpet welcomed some of the top A list celebrities in the world. Many opted for floor length gowns such as the ones worn by by Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss, Emma Stone and Sienna Miller.
Chinese star Fan Bingbing attended in a stunning white hand-stitched gown from Ralph & Russo Couture paired with minimalistic jewellery by Chopard.
Natalie Portman looked incredible in Dior paired with jewellery by De Grisogono. Sophie Marceau made an appearance in a long black tulle dress embroidered by Chanel.
Cate Blanchett and Sonam Kapoor also made the perfect fashion statement in their bespoke pieces while Sonam Kapoor wore an elegant royal blue Ralph and Russo gown paired with jewellery by Chopard.
Eva Longoria dazzled in an amazing Atelier Versace gown for the premier of Carol, but my best dressed at Cannes award has to go to my favourite Lupita Nyong'o, in an incredible emerald Gucci Gown.