In pictures: Isabelle Huppert, Mel Gibson wreak revenge on the Cannes red carpet

Dutch director Paul Verhoeven and French megastar Isabelle Huppert arrive for the screening of "Elle", a rape-revenge thriller presented in official competition.

Laurent Lafitte arrives for the screening of "Elle", in which he has a small role. The French actor, who hosted the festival's opening ceremony, was criticised for joking about the sexual abuse allegations that have been levelled at Woody Allen.

The director and cast of "Elle" pose at the top of the Cannes steps. The movie, the first French offering from director Paul Verhoeven, is a serious contender for the coveted Palme d'Or, according to FRANCE 24's film critics.

Brazilian actress Sonia Braga, one of the top contenders for the best actress award for her role in "Aquarius", plays with her scarf on the red carpet.

French comedians Kev Adams and Gal Elmaleh arrive for the premiere of "Elle".

French-born judo world champion Teddy Riner walks the red carpet with his partner Luthna Plocus to attend the "Elle" premiere.

Fashion designer Larisa Katz turned heads on the red carpet with a voluminous gown made out of recycled materials.

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi arrives for the premiere of his film "The Salesman", a drama of damaged pride and revenge, presented in official competition.

"The Salesman" was warmly received at press screenings, prompting film critics to speculate that Asghar Farhadi could well clinch the coveted Palme d'Or.

Hollywood star Mel Gibson is back in Cannes to promote his latest movie, "Blood Father", in which he plays a former convict trying to steer his 16-year-old daughter away from the company of drug dealers.

French director Jean-Fran├žois Richet (left) poses with cast members Mel Gibson, Diego Luna and Erin Moriarty from his film "Blood Father", before the movie's midnight screening.