French star Audrey Tautou plays police cryptologist Sophie Neveu in the film adaptation of Dan Brown's best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code.
Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, who plays the film's lead role, attended the premiere in Cannes with his wife Rita Wilson.
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.
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.
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.
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 called Dan Brown's book The Da Vinci Code "a load of codswallop" at a press conference earlier in the day.
The stars of The Da Vinci Code have shrugged off early negative reviews of the film adaptation, which opens across the globe this week.