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Cannes Film Festival 2016: Who, What, When, Where

As this year's festival commences, here's a look at last year's event

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It’s that time of year again: Cannes Film Festival, with all its Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, couture gown, and celebrity galore…

Cannes Film Festival, one of the most iconic of them all, sees the year’s very best of film celebrated over 10 days in May.

We admire a festival that celebrates everything cinema has to offer – and what’s more glam than this iconic institution, 70-years-old, full of champagne and sparkling potential? Naturally, we’re drawn in.

Last night, Parisian fashion house Chanel hosted its annual Cannes dinner, with guests including Blake Lively, Jessica Chastain, and Kirsten Dunst.

Money Monster premiered before the Chanel dinner, starring Julia Roberts, (in Armani Privé and Chopard jewels) George Clooney and Jodie Foster.

Julia Roberts ditched her heels on the red carpet in favour of going barefoot. Well, why the hell not?

What you missed yesterday…

The 69th Cannes Film Festival began with Woody Allen’s Cafe Society, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively. The movie failed to ignite – a little underwhelming, perhaps. Others thought it nourishing and subtle. Either way, it didn’t bomb – unlike that joke by a French comedian.

One of these is not actually the poster.

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Other films we eagerly await in the official selection are Pedro Almodovar’s Julieta, Sean Penn’s The Last Face, and American Honey, starring Shia LaBeouf and Riley Keough.

Last night’s opening ceremony was attended by such names as Julianne Moore, Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, the cast of Cafe Society, Doutzen Kroes, Bella Hadid and Naomi Watts.

Bring on the Christian Louboutins, diamonds, emeralds and couture gowns…

Julianne Moore at Cannes wearing Chopard earrings and ring featuring Gemfields Zambian emeralds

Julianne Moore at Cannes wearing Chopard earrings and ring featuring Gemfields Zambian emeralds

Anna Kendrick in Bulgari Divas' Dream diamond necklace, earrings and ring Getty Images

Anna Kendrick in Bulgari Divas’ Dream diamond necklace, earrings and ring Getty Images

Others have been arriving to Cannes in dribs and drabs, probably to be seen rolling up with their #squad. Just in case they need a brush up after a heavy night, makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury and hair stylist Jen Atkin are both floating about. 

Hello Cannes ☀️ ☀️☀️ #cannes #cannesfilmfestival

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Instagram is Cannes right now. Those invited by brands such as Chopard, L’Oreal Paris and Dior, Kendall Jenner and Doutzen Kroes, are posing, in the sun, and making everyone jealous.

Bella Hadid stood outside the famous Hotel du Cap Eden Roc in Dior.

J'adore ❤️

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While we’re at it, we can’t help but reminisce over some iconic photos from the Cannes Film Festival history…

Jane Birkin at Cannes.

Princess Diana.

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