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Tuesday 31 March 2015

In Pictures: Cannes Film Festival ratchets up the glamour

**  ALTERNATIVE CROP ** U.S. singer Mariah Carey signs an autograph for a fan as she arrives for a photo call during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/David Azia)
** ALTERNATIVE CROP ** U.S. singer Mariah Carey signs an autograph for a fan as she arrives for a photo call during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/David Azia)
U.S. singer Mariah Carey arrives for a photo call during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/David Azia)
U.S. singer Mariah Carey arrives for a photo call during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/David Azia)
American actress Eva Longoria Parker poses for photographers as she arrives for the screening of the film 'Bright Star' at the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, Pool)
Australian actress Abbie Cornish arrives for the screening of the film 'Bright Star' during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
From left, British actor Thomas Sangster, Australian actress Abbie Cornish and British actor Ben Whishaw arrive for the screening of the film 'Bright Star' during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
From left, Indian screenwriter Rakesh Roshan, Uruguayan born actress Barbara Mori and Indian actor Hrithik Roshan arrive for the screening of 'Bright Star' during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
American actress Eva Longoria Parker arrives for a screening of the film 'Bright Star' at the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, Pool)
Australian actress Abbie Cornish arrives on the red carpet for the screening of 'Bright Star', during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
French actress Frederique Bel arrives for the screening of the film 'Bright Star' at the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, Pool)
American actress Rosanna Arquette arrives for the screening of the film 'Bright Star' during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
American director Martin Scorsese, right, and film editor Helen Morris arrive for the screening of the film 'Bright Star' during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
From left, Indian actor Hrithik Roshan, Uruguayan born actress Barbara Mori and Indian screenwriter Rakesh Roshan arrive for the screening of the film 'Bright Star' during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
French actress Frederique Bel arrives for the screening of the film 'Bright Star' during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
French actress Juliette Binoche, right, and Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako arrive for the screening of the film 'Bright Star' during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Uruguayan born actress Barbara Mori arrives for the screening of 'Bright Star', during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Cast member and Australian actress Abbie Cornish poses during a photocall for the film 'Bright Star' during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
U.S. singer and actress Mariah Carey and U.S. musician Lenny Kravitz pose during a photo call for the film 'Precious' during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
U.S.singer Mariah Carey poses for a photo call for the film 'Precious' during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
South Korean actress Kim Ok-Vin during a photo call for the film 'Bak-Jwi' (Thirst) at the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
South Korean actresses Kim Ok-Vin and Kim Hae-Sook during a photo call for the film 'Bak-Jwi' (Thirst) at the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
South Korean actress Kim Ok-Vin during a photo call for the film 'Bak-Jwi' (Thirst) at the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Australian actress Abbie Cornish poses during a photo call for the film 'Bright Star' during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
American model and actress Devon Aoki arrives for the screening of the film 'Chun Feng Chen Zui De Ye Wan' (Spring Fever) during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Indian actress Aishwarya Rai, right, and her husband Abhishek Bachchan arrive for the screening of the film 'Chun Feng Chen Zui De Ye Wan' (Spring Fever) during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
American actress Elizabeth Banks arrives for the screening of the film 'Chun Feng Chen Zui De Ye Wan' (Spring Fever) during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Cast member and Chinese actress Zhuo Tan arrives for the screening of the film 'Chun Feng Chen Zui De Ye Wan' (Spring Fever) during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
American model Devon Aoki arrives for the screening of the film 'Chun Feng Chen Zui De Ye Wan' (Spring Fever) during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
British actress Kierston Wareing poses during a photo call for the film 'Fish Tank' at the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
** CORRECTS DATE ** American director Martin Scorsese reacts as he attends a photo call for the World Cinema Foundation at the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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American actress Eva Longoria Parker, left, and husband Tony Parker arrive for the screening of the film 'Bright Star' during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

The Cannes Film Festival was perked up with a dose of diva glamour yesterday with the screening of Mariah Carey’s new film.

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The singer plays a social worker in Precious, a tough drama about an illiterate New York teenager pregnant with her father’s baby.

The film is in the festival’s Un Certain Regard competition, which aims to recognise unusual and original films.

Carey joined her co-stars, who include musician Lenny Kravitz, on the red carpet at the Palais des Festivals. Meanwhile, in the main competition, Bright Star, which tells the story of the poet John Keats’ love for his teenage neighbour, drew a similarly glamorous audience for its official screening. Among those who attended the star-studded event were Desperate Housewives’ Eva Longoria Parker and the silver screen’s queen of chic, Juliette Binoche

The poet is played by Ben Whishaw, who won plaudits — and a Royal Television Society award — for his part in TV drama Criminal Justice, while Abbie Cornish plays his love Fanny Brawne.

Whishaw said he “fell in love” with the poet John Keats while playing him in the film.

“I didn’t really know very much about him at all and I think I had a prejudice about romantic poets generally,” the actor said. “But I’ve grown to love the luxury of his writing, the sensuality of it.

“When you investigate a person that deeply you fall in love with them a bit — learning about his life, reading his letters, talking about the love affair,” Whishaw added.

Director Jane Campion, who won the Palme dOr in 1993 for The Piano, said her 13-year-old daughter Alice had given her some of the inspiration to create the character of Fanny.

Campion — the only woman ever to win the Palme — said returning to Cannes for the 62nd festival was a very emotional experience.

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