Rounding off the favourites were Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman, a taut moral drama by the Iranian director of the Oscar-winning A Separation, and Paul Verhoeven's rape revenge fantasy Elle starring Isabelle Huppert
The Cannes Film Festival, which began on May 11, has already seen major stars such as George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Blake Lively and Kristen Stewart attend, as well as L'Oreal ambassadors Julianne Moore, Eva Longoria and Naomi Watts
Julia Roberts premiered her latest film Money Monster on Thursday at Cannes and took her first ever walk up its vaunted red carpet, notorious for its strict dress codes demanding high heels and evening dress
As the 48-year-old actress sashayed up the red-carpeted stairs at the screening of her film Money Monster, she was revealed to be barefoot beneath the hem of her black Armani gown.
With a host of Hollywood stars including Julia Roberts, Jodi Foster, Sean Penn, Robert De Niro, Kirsten Dunst, Charlize Theron, George Clooney and Jeff Bridges due on the Croisette for the festival which starts on May 11, police are taking no risks