News from Cannes

Hollywood star Nicole Kidman put her personal problems aside as she shone at the premiere of her new movie Moulin Rouge which opened this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Hollywood star Nicole Kidman put her personal problems aside as she shone at the premiere of her new movie Moulin Rouge which opened this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The actress, who recently split from husband Tom Cruise and suffered a miscarriage, proved she had bounced back as she walked up the famous red carpet delighting the huge crowd which had gathered for the opening of the 54th annual film showcase.

Kidman arrived at the Palais des Festival in the French resort wearing a black strapless ‘‘can-can’’ style dress, in keeping with the theme of the film which is set in the glamorous world of the famous Parisian nightclub.

The Australian actress arrived with the film’s director Baz Luhrmann, and her co-stars, Ewan McGregor and John Leguizamo.

She posed for photographers, smiling broadly before spending five minutes mingling with the crowds, shaking hands and signing autographs.

The premiere went less smoothly for DJ Fatboy Slim, however, who was turned away by security guards because his lack of bow tie fell foul of the strict dress requirements at Cannes.

But following a little persuasion from his wife, Zoe Ball, he was allowed into the event.

Moulin Rouge is a musical love story set at the turn of the 20th century which features modern pop songs in its score.

Kidman told how much she adored McGregor’s singing in the movie, claiming she had developed a ‘‘deep emotional admiration’’ for him because of it.

She told reporters: ‘‘I found it much easier to play the love on screen through song, because it extends the emotion. It lets you get lost in it particularly when Ewan sang Elton John’s Your Song, I must have heard it 600 times but every time he did it, it still evoked an immediate emotional adoration of him.’’

Kidman whose private life has been the subject of intense media interest, since her split with Cruise, said she had decided to come to Cannes, despite her personal difficulties, because she was so proud of the film.

‘‘Obviously this would not be my choice ... To sit in front of everyone and have questions about my personal life. I do feel really proud of this film.’’

McGregor said the pair had enjoyed great chemistry during the filming of the movie, but the Scottish star declined to give reporters a demonstration of the singing abilities which had won such admiration from Kidman.

He said: ‘‘We had an agreement to never ever do anything from the film in public even if we get really drunk, it’s just too embarrassing.’’

Other stars who attended last night’s premiere included director Francis Ford Coppola, the star of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Michelle Yeoh and French actress Julia Ormond. The film opens in the UK on August 3.

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