Cannes Fest Kicks Off With 'Boots' Stars Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek

Stars appear at French festival to promote 'Shrek' spin-off 'Puss in Boots.'

CANNES, France -- The 64th annual Cannes Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday (May 11), and the French town has been completely transformed into every movie lover's dream. Amidst the high-end clothing stores and the decadent food, the streets are now flooded with never-before-seen movie posters, red-carpet events and, of course, the biggest stars in Hollywood.

The action kicks off each year with a star-studded event, and this year that event featured the DreamWorks animated adventure "Puss in Boots." The red-carpet affair took place along a pier at Carlton Beach on the Mediterranean.

The stars of the "Shrek" spin-off, Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, were on hand for the photo call, but before they took center stage, a flurry of flamenco dancers sauntered their way down the red carpet, setting the tone for the high-energy event.

Banderas and Hayek, who wore a fun, flamboyant burnt-orange Gucci dress with matching floral sleeves, worked the photographers before making their way to the end of the carpet. The two stars then climbed high above the French Riviera into a giant pair of boots, waving to a crowd of onlookers.

"Big boots make me nervous!" Banderas said of the stunt.

"It was a little strange," Hayek added. "But I'm just happy I don't have vertigo."

Yet Hayek was thrilled to be able to kick off the festival in such a fun and original way. "I do appreciate the imagination and creativity; we are in the business of imagination and creating something new." Hayek said. "It's a fun movie, a movie to entertain people, to make them feel good, to take them to a place they haven't been, so it's the right way to present it."

In "Puss in Boots," Banderas reprises his role from the last three "Shrek" films, while Hayek is a new addition to the cast, playing Puss' love interest, Kitty Softpaws. The film is scheduled to be released later this year.

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