The 63rd Cannes Festival, which opened with the premiere of Ridley Scott's ‘Robin Hood,' was awash with stars, including the epic's lead pair Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett.

Academy Award wining Mexican actress Salma Hayek, who was part of the Festival jury along with India's Nandita Das in 2005, was also present.

British actress Kristin Scott Thomas played mistress of the opening ceremony, introducing the president of the jury, American director Tim Burton, and the other members of his team, including India's Shekhar Kapur.

Closes on May 23

Thomas will also preside over the closing ceremony on May 23, when Burton will announce the prizes.

Bollywood beauty Aishwarya Rai Bachchan arrived minus husband Abhishek Bachchan.

The actress walked the red carpet with fellow L'oreal spokesmodel, American actress Eva Longoria.

Ms. Rai is here to promote her much awaited film, Mani Ratnam's ‘Ravan', whose first look will be unveiled on May 17. Her co-stars including husband Abhishek and Tamil actor Vikram will attend the evening along with the filmmaker.

The bilingual work has been produced by Reliance Big Pictures and is slated for a June release.