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Alicia Vikander shows off her style credentials in quirky structural dress at Irma Vep photocall


Alicia Vikander pulled out all the stops as she cut a glamorous figure in a quirky ensemble at the Irma Vep photocall at Cannes Film Festival on Saturday.

The actress, 33, wore a structural white dress that flared out at the waist to create a unique silhouette.

It was adorned with buttons and tufts of black thread, and she paired it with smart black trousers. 

Incredible: Alicia Vikander pulled out all the stops as she cut a glamorous figure in a quirky ensemble at the Irma Vep photocall at Cannes Film Festival on Saturday

Incredible: Alicia Vikander pulled out all the stops as she cut a glamorous figure in a quirky ensemble at the Irma Vep photocall at Cannes Film Festival on Saturday

She elevated her height in a pair of black high heels with silver tips, and wore her chocolate locks poker straight and parted down the middle.

She opted for an understated smoky eyeshadow look and a dusting of blush to accentuate her natural beauty. 

Alicia posed alongside director Olivier Assayas who cut a casual figure in a brown jacket, white T-shirt and grey jeans. 

Quirky: The actress, 33, wore a structural white dress that flared out at the waist to create a unique silhouette

Quirky: The actress, 33, wore a structural white dress that flared out at the waist to create a unique silhouette

Looking good: It was adorned with buttons and tufts of black thread, and she paired it with smart black trousers

Looking good: It was adorned with buttons and tufts of black thread, and she paired it with smart black trousers

Irma Vep is a new TV series starring Alicia as Mira, an American movie star disillusioned by her career and recent breakup, who comes to France to star as Irma Vep in a remake of the French silent film classic, Les Vampires.  

After Cannes was entirely cancelled in 2020 and held under strict health protocols in 2021, the red carpet returned in all its glamour on Tuesday night for the Opening Ceremony.

The film chosen to open the festival was Final Cut, a comedy love letter to filmmaking and Z-list zombie movies from the team behind the award-winning The Artist.

Fancy footwear: She elevated her height in a pair of black high heels with silver tips, and wore her chocolate locks poker straight and parted down the middle

Fancy footwear: She elevated her height in a pair of black high heels with silver tips, and wore her chocolate locks poker straight and parted down the middle

Flawless: She opted for an understated smoky eyeshadow look and a dusting of blush to accentuate her natural beauty

Flawless: She opted for an understated smoky eyeshadow look and a dusting of blush to accentuate her natural beauty

There is set to be an array of TikTok stars taking to the red carpet this year after organisers sought to refresh their image by partnering with the video streaming platform, which is sponsoring an award for short films.

In total, some 35,000 film professionals are expected to attend the festival between May 17 and 28, hoping for a return to form for cinema’s most glamorous event after two years when it was hampered by Covid-19 restrictions.

‘We are ready. The town hall has just redone everything – the whole place – so we hope it will go well,’ said Jeremie Tripet, manager of ‘L’Avenue’, a bistro just off the main drag known as La Croisette.

Casual: Alicia posed alongside director Olivier Assayas who cut a casual figure in a brown jacket, white T-shirt and grey jeans

Casual: Alicia posed alongside director Olivier Assayas who cut a casual figure in a brown jacket, white T-shirt and grey jeans

One major exception is the absence of Russians, due to the impact of sanctions over the war in Ukraine and a ruling from the organisers that state-linked delegates are not welcome. China is also expected to have a limited presence due to its continuing Covid restrictions.

But otherwise the festival is keen to put the pandemic in the past, with no mandatory masks or health passes this year – and no restrictions to partying.

Film fans can get stuck into the usual feast of new releases and competition entries, braving the festival’s famously opinionated crowds, who are never shy about cheering and booing during screenings.

Starring role: Irma Vep is a new TV series starring Alicia as Mira, an American movie star disillusioned by her career and recent breakup, who comes to France to star as Irma Vep in a remake of the French silent film classic, Les Vampires

Starring role: Irma Vep is a new TV series starring Alicia as Mira, an American movie star disillusioned by her career and recent breakup, who comes to France to star as Irma Vep in a remake of the French silent film classic, Les Vampires

The two-week annual event will see hotly-anticipated films Top Gun: Maverick and King of Rock ‘N Roll’ biopic Elvis shown. 

There’s a lot of excitement around the Elvis Presley biopic from Australia’s Baz Luhrmann, hoping to recreate the buzz he generated when he brought the can-can to Cannes with Moulin Rouge! 20 years ago.

Elvis, playing out of competition, sees newcomer Austin Butler stepping into The King’s blue suede shoes. Tom Hanks plays his infamous manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

Handsome: Idris Elba looked as dashing as ever as he attended the photocall for Three Thousand Years Of Longing

Handsome: Idris Elba looked as dashing as ever as he attended the photocall for Three Thousand Years Of Longing

Stylish: He cut a fashionable figure in a white T-shirt and navy trousers, with white and navy trainers

Stylish: He cut a fashionable figure in a white T-shirt and navy trousers, with white and navy trainers

There are 21 films in the race for the Palme d’Or, including the latest body-horror fable from David Cronenberg, Crimes of the Future, starring Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart.

The Canadian director told IndieWire it is likely to cause walkouts ‘within the first five minutes’.

There are only five women directors in the competition, hoping to follow the success of last year’s winner, Titane, which made Julia Ducournau only the second female to win the Palme.

Camera ready: He stopped to get his makeup touched up by a makeup artist

Smiles: He flashed his pearly white teeth as she patted his face with a powder puff

Camera ready: He stopped to get his makeup touched up by a makeup artist

Alongside all the glitz, festival director Thierry Fremaux said Cannes aimed to keep the war in Ukraine in the spotlight.

‘Together we will have a great festival – we will think a lot about cinema without ever stopping thinking about Ukraine.’

The final film by Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravicius, who was killed by Russian forces in Ukraine last month, will get a special screening.

He was shooting a follow-up to his celebrated documentary Mariupolis, about the conflict in Ukraine’s Donbas region, when he was reportedly captured and killed.

The main competition also includes exiled Russian Kirill Serebrennikov, who was unable to attend for his two previous nominations due to a politically charged conviction for embezzlement back home.

Fremaux said the festival wanted to lend a hand to ‘the Russians who take risks to resist’ while offering ‘absolute and non-negotiable support to the Ukrainian people’.

The jury charged with selecting the winners this year includes Indian superstar Deepika Padukone and Iran’s two-time Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi, and is headed by French actor Vincent Lindon.

The world’s biggest film festival will conclude with the Closing Ceremony on May 28.

Co-stars: He posed alongside Tilda Swinton and director George Miller as they promoted their new film

Co-stars: He posed alongside Tilda Swinton and director George Miller as they promoted their new film

Vision in blue: Tilda exuded elegance in an oversized pale blue shirt dress and white trousers

Vision in blue: Tilda exuded elegance in an oversized pale blue shirt dress and white trousers

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