The Baz Luhrmann-directed Gatsby, an adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel detailing the 1920s Jazz Age, opened the event.
DiCaprio was joined on the red carpet by Carey Mulligan, Nicole Kidman, Freida Pinto, Tobey Maguire and a host of other actors.
“There were so many people around me as I got out of the car that I couldn’t move and I got hit on the head by an umbrella,” Mulligan told London’s Daily Mail.
“I suddenly went ‘What the xxxx’ and I didn’t realize there was a TV camera in my face recording everything,” she said.
Hollywood Glamour at Cannes Film Festival
Fashion was also well represented. Georgia May Jagger, Mick’s daughter, model of the moment Cara Delevingne and former supermodel Cindy Crawford were also spotted on the red carpet.
Fashion was also on display in the stars’ choice of dresses. Kidman and Julianne Moore arrived in Dior while Pinto wore a Gucci coral silk chiffon halterneck gown.
DiCaprio and Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, for declared the 66th Cannes Film Festival underway. The festival runs for 12 days and showcases films from around the world.
The 38-year-old star and Director Luhrmann both expressed satisfaction with the movie’s reception during its wide release in theaters last weekend. Although Gatsby opened the festival it isn’t one of 20 films competing for the top prize, the Palme d’Or.
Director Steven Spielberg is heading the jury that will choose the top films. He’s accompanied by Kidman, Director Ang Lee and actor Christoph Waltz.