the red carpet pays tribute to Marcello Mastroianni, Paolo Sorrentino and Olympism

Stars at the feet of the Palais des Festivals: Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni, Benjamin Biolay, Melvil Poupaud, Daniel Auteuil, Gary Oldman… And an exceptional guest, carried on the steps by the greatest athletes, the Olympic flame.

Joyful, family-friendly, moving: it was one of the most scrutinized climbs of this 77e edition of the Festival, that of the film “Marcello Mio” screened this Tuesday, May 21. Around its director Christophe Honoré, on the red carpet, its cast bringing together Chiara Mastroianni, at the center of the film, her mother Catherine Deneuve and those close to her: Benjamin Biolay, Melvil Poupaud, Nicole Garcia and Fabrice Luchini. The feature film is a fanciful comedy starring Chiara Mastroianni in the shoes of her father, whose 100th birth anniversary is being celebrated, the famous Marcello from “La Dolce Vita” and former companion of Catherine Deneuve. Tasty mimicry at the heart of this seventh collaboration between Christophe Honoré and Chiara Mastroianni since “Les Chansons d’amour” in 2007.

On the red carpet, a few minutes before “Marcello Mio”, Daniel Auteuil climbed the steps with his director’s hat, also presenting his film this Tuesday, May 21 Thread, accompanied by his team. And then the one we wait for with the spirit of Coubertin, the Olympic flame, after traveling through several French departments, was invited to the Croisette, heightening the emotion of the festival-goers. Two months before the Olympic Games and three months before the Paralympic Games in Paris, his arrival on the red carpet also announced the screening of Mickaël Gamrasni’s documentary, “Olympiques! La France des Jeux”.

Last marches of May 21, those of the team of the film “Parthenope” by Paolo Sorrentino. The Italian director of “La Grande Bellezza”, “Youth” and “Il Divo”, Jury Prize at Cannes in 2008, is highly anticipated, in competition against to “Emilia Pérez” by Jacques Audiard, “The Girl with the Needle” by Magnus Von Horn, or “Oh, Canada” by Paul Schrader. The red carpet welcomed the film team composed, among others, of Gary Oldman, Celeste Dalla Porta and Stefania Sandrelli, eternal star of Italian cinema of Scola, Comencini and Bertolucci.

The 2008 Paralympic long jump champion in Beijing, Arnaud Assoumani, brandishing the metal torch in the sky.  It was he who started the torch walk, relayed by Alexis Hanquinquant, gold in para triathlon in Tokyo in 2021, Nélia Barbosa, Paralympic kayak vice-champion in Japan, and Marie Patouillet, double bronze medalist in para cycling in 2021. (JP PARIENTE / SIPA)

Daniel Auteuil surrounded by the actresses of his film "Thread", Alice Belaidi and Sidse Babett Knudsen.  The feature film is the adaptation of one of the short stories by "Ambush: chronicles of ordinary criminal justice", book written by Maître Mô (lawyer Jean-Yves Moyart).  (JP PARIENTE / SIPA)

Catherine Deneuve turns around and poses for photographers as she arrives at the film premiere "Marcello Mio", alongside the film crew.  (ANDREEA ALEXANDRU /AP / SIPA)

Seven films in common, a complicity shared in front of the photographers, between the director Christophe Honoré and his favorite actress Chiara Mastroianni, shortly before the screening of the film "Marcello Mio".  (VALERY HACHE / AFP)

Gary Oldman, who is in the film's cast "Parthenope" by Paolo Sorrentino, on the red carpet in a good mood with the family, accompanied by his wife Gisele Schmidt, all smiles and his son William Schmidt.  (SCOTT A GARFITT/AP/SIPA)

An Olympic red carpet.  Iliana Rupert (basketball), carrying the flame, in the company of Thierry Fremaux, director of the Cannes Film Festival, David Lisnard, mayor of Cannes, Thierry Rey (judo), Marie-José Pérec (athletics), Tony Estanguet, president of the festival committee organization of the Olympic Games, Marie Patouillet (para-cycling), Alexis Hanquinquant (para triathlon), Nelia Barbosa (paralympic kayaking), Arnaud Assoumani and Iris Knobloch, president of the Cannes Film Festival.  (JP PARIENTE / SIPA)

Italian director Paolo Sorrentino accompanied by the actresses of his new film, "Parthenope"Celeste Dalla Porta and Stefania Sandrelli, a great figure in Italian cinema since the glorious 70s. This is the seventh appearance in the official selection for the director who won the Jury Prize for "Il Divo" in 2008. (JP PARIENTE / SIPA)

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