63rd Cannes Film Festival 2010 Opens With Premiere of Robin Hood (Day 1 Pictures)

A whole lot of celebrities came out to cheer for Sir Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, starring Crowe and Cate Blanchett, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival opening day this year, presented out of competition. Nineteen films compete for the prestigious Palme d'Or which will be awarded on May 23

Besides Aishwarya Rai and Eva Longoria (View Pictures of Ash at Cannes 2010), who walked the red carpet for the film as well as for L'Oreal, there was actress Salma Hayek looking gorgeous in a deep maroon gown.

Here is a look at the stars who arrived for the opening ceremony and screening of Robin Hood presented out of competition at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2010 in Cannes.

Salma Hayek

How can the screening of Robin Hood be complete without the man who plays the colourful character? Russell Crowe looks cool as ever as he arrived with wife Spencer.

Speaking of cast members, it would be remiss not to include the lovely Cate Blanchett.

Cast and crew of Robin Hood

Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett on thered carpet.

The muscles from Brussels actor Van Damme and his wife Gladys too made it to the screening of Robin Hood.

French director Christophe Guillarme (R) arrives for the opening

US model and actress Eva Longoria

US model and actress Eva Longoria and Indian model Aishwarya Rai (R) arrive for the opening ceremony and screening of Robin Hood presented out of competition at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2010 in Cannes.

French director Christophe Guillarme

Also spotted at the event was singer Natalie Imbruglia.

The 63rd festival de Cannes commenced on Wednesday with Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood amidst much fanfare.

The screening of Robin Hood was preceded by a ceremony presided over by actress Kristin Scott-Thomas that officially launched the event. Director of the film Ridley Scott couldn’t attend the festival as he is recovering from a knee surgery.

The Jury presided by Tim Burton comprises of Kate Beckinsale, Benicio Del Toro, Shekhar Kapur and Giovanna Mezzogiorno.

With 19 films in the line-up, the competition includes an interesting mix of styles, generations, continents and reputations. It will pit big names from the past few decades (Mike Leigh, Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach, Takeshi Kitano, Bertrand Tavernier, Nikita Mikhalkov), against firmly established stars (Alejandro Gonzalez Inárritu, Rachid Bouchareb, Lee Chang-dong, Daniele Luchetti), confirmed newcomers (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Xavier Beauvois, Wang Xiaoshuai, Kornél Mundruczó) and a significant proportion of directors in competition for the first time: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Matthieu Amalric, Im Sang-soo, Doug Liman, and Sergei Loznitsa.

There is also a very impressive out-of-competition line-up, including films by Ridley Scott (opening title), Woody Allen, Stephen Frears, Olivier Assayas and Oliver Stone, and a very diverse Un Certain Regard section. As always, there will also be some fine surprises in the Directors’ Fortnight and International Critics’ Week, as well as events like the Cinema Lesson by Marco Bellocchio and the Cinéfondation Workshop .

Vikramaditya Motwane’s Udaan will be screened in Un Certain Regard while Mrinal Sen’s Khandahar will be presented in Cannes Classics.

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