Kristen Stewart and Lea Seydoux hug at Crimes of the Future screening in Cannes

Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart put on an affectionate display at the screening of Crimes of the Future during the 75th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on Monday.

The screen stars were seen standing arm-in-arm as they posed on the red carpet at the event.

Actress Lea, 36, who plays Caprice in the film, wore a floor-length semi-sheer black and slate gray dress.

Pals: Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart put on an affectionate display at the screening of Crimes of the Future during the Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on Monday

Pals: Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart put on an affectionate display at the screening of Crimes of the Future during the Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on Monday

The mesh garment featured pretty lace detail at the top and the bottom, with its silky black striped sections glistening as they reflected the nearby bright lights.

Kristen showcased her quirky sense of style in a bold white skirt with a large bow on the front, while flashing her toned midriff in a colorful long sleeved crop-top by Chanel SS22 Couture.

The star, 32, who plays Timlin in the flick, boosted her height in a pair of black heels while she styled her golden tresses in a high ponytail and wore her signature smokey eye.

Strike a pose: The screen stars were seen standing arm-in-arm as they posed on the red carpet at the event

Strike a pose: The screen stars were seen standing arm-in-arm as they posed on the red carpet at the event

Crimes Of The Future marks Canadian auteur David Cronenberg’s long-awaited return to body horror, and he shot the entire film in Greece.

It is competing for the Palme d’Or in this year, making it one of five films there with a significant Greek interest.

The story is set in the ‘not-too-distant future’ where humankind is learning to adapt to their ‘synthetic surroundings.’

Close up: Actress Lea, 36 (left), who plays Caprice in the film, wore a floor-length semi-sheer black and slate gray dress

Close up: Actress Lea, 36 (left), who plays Caprice in the film, wore a floor-length semi-sheer black and slate gray dress

In style: Kristen showcased her quirky style in a bold white skirt with a large bow on the front, while flashing her toned midriff in a colorful long sleeved crop-top by Chanel SS22 Couture

The star, 32, who plays Timlin in the flick, boosted her height in a pair of black heels while she styled her golden tresses in a high ponytail and wore her signature smokey eye.

In style: Kristen showcased her quirky style in a bold white skirt with a large bow on the front, while flashing her toned midriff in a colorful long sleeved crop-top by Chanel SS22 Couture

The evolution moves humans behind their ‘natural state’ and into a new metamorphosis that alters their biological makeup, known as Accelerated Evolution Syndrome.

While some have embraced what is known as ‘trans-humanism’ and its limitless potential, others have tried to police it.

The story centers on Saul Tenser, a performance artist who has embraced Accelerated Evolution Syndrome and has sprouted new limbs on his body.

New movie: Crimes Of The Future marks Canadian auteur David Cronenberg¿s long-awaited return to body horror, and he shot the entire film in Greece (Léa Seydoux, Viggo Mortensen and Kristen Stewart pictured in the film)

New movie: Crimes Of The Future marks Canadian auteur David Cronenberg’s long-awaited return to body horror, and he shot the entire film in Greece (Léa Seydoux, Viggo Mortensen and Kristen Stewart pictured in the film)

Tenser and his partner Caprice have used the removal of these organs to thrill their audiences, though they’re forced to re-consider their most shocking performance to date when the government and an emerging sub-culture taking notice.

After Cannes was entirely canceled in 2020 and held under strict health protocols in 2021, the red carpet returned in all its glamor 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.

Amazing: Lea and David Cronenberg made a stylish entrance as they walked hand-in-hand along the star-studded red caret

Amazing: Lea and David Cronenberg made a stylish entrance as they walked hand-in-hand along the star-studded red caret

Incredible: The star was all smiles as she wore a natural palette of makeup with a bright red lip while her blonde tresses were styled to one side

Incredible: The star was all smiles as she wore a natural palette of makeup with a bright red lip while her blonde tresses were styled to one side

There is set to be an array of TikTok stars taking to the red carpet this year after organizers 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.

Back to normal: 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

Back to normal: 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

One major exception is the absence of Russians, due to the impact of sanctions over the war in Ukraine and a ruling from the organizers 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.

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

Making a comeback: After Cannes was entirely canceled in 2020 and held under strict health protocols in 2021, the red carpet returned in all its glamor on Tuesday night for the Opening Ceremony.

Making a comeback: After Cannes was entirely canceled in 2020 and held under strict health protocols in 2021, the red carpet returned in all its glamor on Tuesday night for the Opening Ceremony.

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.

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.

Return: 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

Return: 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

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.

Exciting: 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.

Exciting: 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.

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