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In pictures: Da Vinci premiere

Audrey Tautou

French star Audrey Tautou plays police cryptologist Sophie Neveu in the film adaptation of Dan Brown's best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson

Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, who plays the film's lead role, attended the premiere in Cannes with his wife Rita Wilson.

Helena Bonham Carter (l) and Ziyi Zhang

Actresses Helena Bonham Carter and Ziyi Zhang, who recently starred in Memoirs of a Geisha, are serving on this year's jury at the Cannes Film Festival.

Samuel L Jackson

Actor Samuel L Jackson turned the tables on the paparazzi at the annual film festival. A member of this year's jury, Jackson will help decide the winner of the top prize, the Palme d'Or.

Michelle Yeoh

Malaysian actress and former Bond girl Michelle Yeoh attended the premiere in Cannes. She will appear in British director Danny Boyle's new film, Sunshine, later this year.

Ron Howard (l) and Brian Glazer

Da Vinci Code director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer have worked together on hit films A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13.

Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen called Dan Brown's book The Da Vinci Code "a load of codswallop" at a press conference earlier in the day.

Cast of The Da Vinci Code at Cannes

The stars of The Da Vinci Code have shrugged off early negative reviews of the film adaptation, which opens across the globe this week.

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