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Idris Elba puts on a loved-up display with wife Sabrina at Three Thousand Years of Longing premiere


Idris Elba and his wife Sabrina were every inch the picture perfect couple as they took to the red carpet for the premiere of his film Three Thousand Years of Longing at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday.

The actor, 49, cut a dapper figure as he joined his glamorous spouse for the red carpet event, with Sabrina, stunning in an eye-catching Tony Ward Couture lilac gown.

Meanwhile Tilda opted for a sophisticated black gown with a blue embellished neckline as she joined her co-star Idris for the premiere.

Together: Idris Elba and his wife Sabrina were every inch the picture perfect couple as they took to the red carpet for the premiere of his film Three Thousand Years of Longing at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday

Together: Idris Elba and his wife Sabrina were every inch the picture perfect couple as they took to the red carpet for the premiere of his film Three Thousand Years of Longing at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday

Bold: They were joined by the actor's co-star Tilda Swinton, who cut a sophisticated figure in a fitted black gown

Flawless: The dress boasted a blue embellished neckline

Bold: They were joined by the actor’s co-star Tilda Swinton, who cut a sophisticated figure in a fitted black gown with a blue embellished neckline

Loved-up: The actor, 49, cut a dapper figure as he joined his glamorous spouse for the red carpet event, with Sabrina, stunning in an eye-catching Tony Ward Couture lilac gown

Loved-up: The actor, 49, cut a dapper figure as he joined his glamorous spouse for the red carpet event, with Sabrina, stunning in an eye-catching Tony Ward Couture lilac gown

Also in attendance was Alessandra Ambrosio who looked the epitome of glamour on the red carpet in a dazzling silver gown.

The 41-year-old supermodel flaunted her ample assets in the plunging dress and she accessorised with a bold diamond necklace. 

The natural beauty styled her brunette locks in loose waves and opted for a smokey eye, teamed with a nude lip.  

Stunning: Sabrina looked elegant in the Tony Ward couture ensemble as she flaunted the bold look on the star-studded red carpet

Stunning: Sabrina looked elegant in the Tony Ward couture ensemble as she flaunted the bold look on the star-studded red carpet

Poppy Delevingne wowed in a shimmering silver halterneck gown with a daring thigh-high split, which showcased her incredible figure. 

The socialite, 35, boosted her height in a pair of matching heels while she accessorised with some chunky jewellery.

The sister of model Cara sported a bronzed makeup look which accentuated her natural features, while styling her blonde locks poker straight. 

New Movie: Australian director George Miller has kept the content of the film Three Thousand Years of Longing close to his chest, saying that it will be a 'fantasy romance'

New Movie: Australian director George Miller has kept the content of the film Three Thousand Years of Longing close to his chest, saying that it will be a ‘fantasy romance’

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.

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.

Looking good: Star of the show Idris dressed to impress in a navy tuxedo with black detail, which he teamed with shiny dress shoes and a lavish watch

New film: The Thor star filmed the new movie by Mad Max director George, which was originally slated to start in March before being delayed by the pandemic

Looking good: Star of the show Idris dressed to impress in a navy tuxedo with black detail, which he teamed with shiny dress shoes and a lavish watch

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.

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.

Adorable: The couple looked loved-up as Sabrina showed her support for her husband at the famous Film Festival

Adorable: The couple looked loved-up as Sabrina showed her support for her husband at the famous Film Festival

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.

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

Fashionista: Also in attendance was Alessandra Ambrosio who looked the epitome of glamour on the red carpet in a dazzling silver gown

Wow! The 41-year-old supermodel flaunted her ample assets in the plunging dress and she accessorised with a bold diamond necklace

Fashionista: Also in attendance was Alessandra Ambrosio who looked the epitome of glamour on the red carpet in a dazzling silver gown

Gorgeous: The natural beauty styled her brunette locks in loose waves and opted for a smokey eye, teamed with a nude lip

Gorgeous: The natural beauty styled her brunette locks in loose waves and opted for a smokey eye, teamed with a nude lip 

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.

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.

Flawless: Poppy Delevingne wowed in a shimmering silver halterneck gown with a daring thigh-high split, which showcased her incredible figure

Fashionista: The socialite, 35, boosted her height in a pair of matching heels while she accessorised with some chunky jewellery

Flawless: Poppy Delevingne wowed in a shimmering silver halterneck gown with a daring thigh-high split, which showcased her incredible figure

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