In pictures: Paul Verhoeven, Virginie Efira, Aïssa Maïga storm the red carpet at Cannes

Belgian actress Virginie Efira plays a lesbian nun in 'Benedetta', a movie with erotic visions of Jesus that is courting controversy, according to film critics.
Belgian actress Virginie Efira plays a lesbian nun in 'Benedetta', a movie with erotic visions of Jesus that is courting controversy, according to film critics. © Mehdi Chebil

The Covid-19 pandemic didn't stop the biggest stars in the world from heading to Cannes, where the 74th edition of the world-famous film festival is taking place – and its famed red carpet is once more packed with stars.

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The Cannes Film Festival rolled out the red carpet for its fourth day with the premiere of Paul Verhoeven's 'Benedetta', a historical drama set to stir up controversy with its disturbing religious and erotic visions. In addition, there was the first screening of French director Catherine Corsini's 'The Divide', a movie about a night in a hospital on the verge of collapse because of budget restrictions.

Paul Verhoeven, Virginie Efira and Aïssa Maïga were all out in front of the tuxedoed photographers and eager onlookers.

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