Selena Gomez and Elle Fanning bring glamour to Cannes opening

Actress Selena Gomez and jury member Elle Fanning were among the stars hitting the red carpet as the curtain was raised on the 72nd Cannes Film Festival.

Hollywood made its annual pilgrimage to the French Riviera for Tuesday’s opening night, with Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and Elton John biopic Rocketman set to debut over the next 10 days.

Actress Selena Gomez was among the stars attending the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Oscar-winning director Alejandro Inarritu is the jury president and will oversee the awarding of the Palme d’Or, the highest prize of the festival.

Zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die was the first film to premiere and Gomez, who stars in the film, was among those bringing the glamour to the carpet.

The 26-year-old looked a picture of elegance in an off-white, two-piece outfit, complete with thigh-high split up the dress and oversized belt.

Gomez wore an eye-catching diamond necklace and completed the look with her dark hair pulled back in a sleek bun.

Jury member Elle Fanning brushed off criticism about being too young for the role and posed for photographers on the red carpet (Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

Fanning, who at 21 is the youngest person on the jury panel, wore a cape-like peach dress, complete with plunging neckline.

She completed the look with diamond earrings.

Model Alessandra Ambrosio turned heads in a white one-shoulder gown at Cannes (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Victoria’s Secret veteran Alessandra Ambrosio, 38, wore a white, one-shoulder gown with a split up the thigh.

She teamed it with strappy silver stilettos.

British actress Tilda Swinton shimmered in a silver floor-length gown (Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

Tilda Swinton, who stars alongside Gomez in The Dead Don’t Die, arrived at the premiere in a shimmering silver floor-length gown.

The British actress, 58, wore her cropped blonde hair swept back from her face.

Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria was among the Hollywood stars at Cannes (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Eva Longoria turned heads in a pink gown complete with thigh split.

The dress was strapless on one side while gathered in pleats across her left shoulder.

Actress Julianne Moore poses for photographers at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Julianne Moore wore a strapless, emerald gown with a caped train.

Last year’s Cannes saw 82 women protest for gender inequality on the festival’s famed red-carpet steps.

Artistic director Thierry Fremaux signed a pledge last year promising to make the festival’s selection process more transparent and to push executive boards toward gender parity.

On Tuesday, Fremaux said Cannes is progressing in step with the industry.

- Press Association

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