Heavy showers hit the Riviera on the third day of this year's Cannes Film Festival, an inclement state of affairs that made this snail one of the happier stars on the red carpet.
Kurdish director Bahlan Ghobadi pointed out the glowering clouds as he prepared to field questions about No One Knows About Persian Cats, a film about Tehran's vibrant underground music scene.
French actress Juliette Binoche and the Malian director Abderrahmane Sissako saw the lighter side of the meteorological conditions as they attended the inauguration of the Film World Pavilion.
Singers Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz sensibly remained indoors as they promoted Precious, a hard-hitting urban drama featured in the Un Certain Regard sidebar in which they play supporting roles.
British actor Ben Whishaw sported a cheeky grin as he posed with Australian actress Abbie Cornish (centre) and previous Palme d'Or winner Jane Campion (right), the director of period drama Bright Star.
Martin Scorsese was all smiles as he attended a launch event at the American Pavilion with critic Roger Ebert (left). The director is in town to present a restored version of 1948 British film The Red Shoes.
One film that will not be troubling this year's jury is the poetically named Bitch Slap. Its stars - Erin Cummings, Julia Voth and America Olivo - were present to promote the feature.
Among the stars spotted on the Croisette on Friday were Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria Parker, trying to look inconspicuous alongside basketball player husband Tony.