Stars dig deep at charity Cannes AIDS gala

Chris Tucker, Uma Thurman, Tobey Maguire, Jury members Jessica Chastain and Will Smith attend an auction.
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CANNES, FRANCE - A galaxy of stars including Leonardo DiCaprio, Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman and Will Smith turned out for an AIDS benefit that is the social highlight of the Cannes film festival.

The annual amfAR Foundation for AIDs Research gala dinner late Thursday at the luxury Eden Roc hotel just along the French Riviera at Cap d'Antibes saw celebrities and benefactors paying up to half a million dollars (466,000 euros) for a table.

Stars arrive for Cannes Film Festival 2017

  • Actress Araya Hargate poses at the screening of the film "The Meyerowitz Stories".
  • Actress Araya Hargate poses at the screening of the film "The Meyerowitz Stories".
  • Actress Sonam Kapoor poses at the screening of the film "The Meyerowitz Stories".
  • South Korean actress Kim Min-hee poses as she arrives for the screening of the film 'Geu-Hu' (The Day After).
  • Indian actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan arrives on May 20, 2017 for the screening of the film '120 Beats Per Minute (120 Battements Par Minute)' at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France.
  • Indian actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
  • British-Thai actress Araya Hargate arrives on May 20, 2017 for the screening of the film '120 Beats Per Minute (120 Battements Par Minute)' at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France.
  • British-Thai actress Araya Hargate.
  • Indian actress Sonam Kapoor poses as she arrives for the screening of the film 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'.
  • The president, owner and founder of de Grisogono Fawaz Gruosi and Chinese model Xi Mengyao pose as they arrive on May 20, 2017.
  • US-Canadian actress Pamela Anderson.
  • Belle of the ball: Indian actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on the red carpet on May 19, 2017.
  • Indian actress Aishwarya Rai arrives on May 19, 2017 for the screening of the film 'Okja'.
  • Thai actress Araya Hargate arrives for the Chopard "Space" party on the sidelines of the 70th Cannes film festival, on May 19, 2017.
  • Actress Li Yuchun.
  • Chinese-Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh arrives for the Opening Dinner of the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, 17 May 2017.
  • Chinese actress and member of the Feature Film jury Fan Bingbing at the opening ceremony of the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France.
  • Indian actress Deepika Padukone arrives on May 18, 2017 for the screening of the film 'Loveless' (Nelyubov).
  • Thai actors Pornchanok Mabklang, Panya Yimumphai, French director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire and Thai actor Vithaya Pansringarm during a photocall for the film 'A Prayer before Dawn' on May 19, 2017.
  • British-Thai actress Araya Hargate.
  • Brazilian model Adriana Lima.
  • Barbadian singer Rihanna.
  • British actress Tilda Swinton, French-Iranian cinematographer Darius Khondji, US actor Paul Dano, South Korean actor Byung Hee-bong, South Korean actress Ahn Seo-hyun, South Korean director Bong Joon-ho, British actress Lily Collins, US-South Korean actor Steven Yeun, Canadian actor Devon Bostick and Danish-born actor Giancarlo Esposito.
  • Spanish director and President of the Feature Film Jury Pedro Almodovar, US actress and member of the Feature Film jury Jessica Chastain and South Korean director and member of the Feature Film jury Park Chan-wook.
  • Japanese actress Hana Sugisaki.
  • Director Naomi Kawase.
  • Actor Takuya Kimura.
  • Chinese actress Li Yuchun arrives on May 17, 2017 for the screening of the film 'Ismael's Ghosts' (Les Fantomes d'Ismael).
  • US-South Korean actor Steven Yeun.
  • South Korean director Bong Joon-ho.
  • Director Takashi Miike and actors Hana Sugisaki and Takuya Kimura.
  • US actor Jake Gyllenhaal.
  • US model Kendall Jenner.
  • Russian TV presenter and model Victoria Bonya.
  • Swedish model Victoria Silvstedt.
  • French event organiser and television personnality Cathy Guetta.
  • Director Mathieu Amalric and actress Jeanne Balibar.
  • Cinematographer Mikhail Krichman, actor Alexey Rozin, director Andrey Zvyagintsev, actress Maryana Spivak and producer Alexander Rodnyansky.
  • Model Winnie Harlow.
  • Model Adriana Lima.
  • Model Petra Nemcova.
  • Model and actress Emily Ratajkowski.
  • Actress and director Robin Wright.
  • Jury members Joachim Lafosse, Reda Kateb, actress Uma Thurman, Jury President of Film selection "Un Certain Regard", jury members Mohamed Diab and Karel Och.
  • Actress Marthe Villalonga.
  • Director Todd Haynes, cast members Jaden Michael, Millicent Simmonds, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, and writer Brian Selznick.
  • Actors T. J. Miller with his wife Kate Gorney.
  • Cast members of "Les fantomes d'Ismael" (Ismael's Ghosts) Louis Garrel, Marion Cotillard and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
  • Actress Sandrine Kiberlain, President of the Camera d'Or Jury.
  • Director Mathieu Amalric.
  • Actress Jeanne Balibar.
  • Spanish director and President of the Feature Film Jury Pedro Almodovar with German director and member of the Feature Film jury Maren Ade, South Korean director and member of the Feature Film jury Park Chan-wook, French music composer and member of the Feature Film jury Gabriel Yared, Italian director and member of the Feature Film jury Paolo Sorrentino, US actor and member of the Feature Film jury Will Smith, US actress and member of the Feature Film jury Jessica Chastain, Chinese actress and member of the Feature Film jury Fan Bingbing and French actress and director and member of the Feature Film jury Agnes Jaoui.
  • Chinese actress and member of the Feature Film jury Fan Bingbing arrives on stage during the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival.
  • Chinese actress Fan Bingbing.
  • Italian actress and master of ceremonies Monica Bellucci arrives on stage during of the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival.
  • French music composer and member of the Feature Film jury Gabriel Yared arrives on stage during of the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival.
  • Director Pedro Almodovar, Jury President of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, actress Lily-Rose Depp, and jury members Jessica Chastain and Will Smith.
  • Spanish dancer Blanca Li performs on stage during of the opening ceremony of the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.
  • Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh.
  • Model Hofit Golan and Victoria Bonya.
  • Director Asghar Farhadi and actress Lily-Rose Depp.
  • French actress Frederique Bel.
  • French actress Clotilde Courau.
  • US model Bella Hadid.
  • US actresses Elle Fanning and Susan Sarandon.
  • US actresses Elle Fanning.
  • US actor Adrien Brody and his partner Lara Lieto.
  • French actress Marion Cotillard.
  • Portuguese model Sara Sampaio.
  • French actress Marion Cotillard, French actor Louis Garrel, French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, French actor Hippolyte Girardot and Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher.
  • Italian actress Asia Argento.
  • Czech model Eva Herzigova.
  • General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival Thierry Fremaux.
  • US actress and model Emily Ratajkowski.
  • US actress and President of the Un Certain Regard jury Uma Thurman.
  • Spanish actress Victoria Abril.
  • British actress Naomie Harris.
  • British actress Lily Collins.
  • French actress and model Thylane Blondeau.
  • Hungarian producer Viktoria Petranyi, Hungarian screenwriter Kata Weber, Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo, Hungarian actor Zsombor Jeger and Georgian actor Merab Ninidze.
  • Spanish actress Paz Vega.
  • French actress Juliette Binoche.
  • Tunisian actress Mariam Al Ferjani.
  • Directors JR and Agnes Varda with musician Matthieu Chedid known as M.
  • Cast members for "A Prayer Before Dawn", Pornchanok Mabklang, Panya Yimumphai and Vithaya Pansringarm.
  • Iranian actor Reza Akhlaghirad, Iranian actress Nasim Adabi, Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof and Iranian actress Soudabeh Beizaee.
  • US actor Jeremy Renner, US actress Elizabeth Olsen and US actress Julia Jones arrive on May 20, 2017 for the screening of the film 'Wind River' at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France.
  • US actress Elisabeth Moss.
  • US actress Elisabeth Moss, Danish actor Claes Bang and British actor Dominic West.
  • US actress Elizabeth Olsen.
  • US director Taylor Sheridan and his wife Nicole.
  • British actor Dominic West.
  • British actor Dominic West, US actor Terry Notary, Danish actor Christopher Læsso, Swedish director Ruben Ostlund, US actress Elisabeth Moss and Danish actor Claes Bang.
  • French actress Lucie Lucas.
  • Director/Screenwriter Kristen Stewart.
  • British model Lottie Moss.
  • Portuguese model Sara Sampaio.
  • US model Kendall Jenner.
  • British singer Tallia Storm.
  • Model Naomi Campbell/
  • US director Clint Eastwood speaks on stage next to General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival Thierry Fremaux.
  • Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and director Jean-Michel Cousteau.
  • Director Anahita Ghazvinizadeh.
  • (From L) South Korean actor Kwon Hae-hyo, South Korean actress Cho Yun-hee, South Korean actress Kim Min-hee, South Korean director Hong Sangsoo and South Korean actress Kim Sae-byeok pose for the screening of the film 'Geu-Hu' (The Day After).
  • US actress Andie MacDowell poses as she arrives for the screening of the film 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'.
  • Eva Longoria poses at the screening of the film 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'.
  • Brazilian model Izabel Goulart and German goalkeeper Kevin Trapp arrive for the screening of the film 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'.
  • US-German actress Jasmine Sanders poses as she arrives for the screening of the film 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'.
  • British model Jourdan Dunn poses as she arrives for the screening of the film 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'.
  • Cast members Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning pose at the screening of the film "How To Talk to Girls at Parties".
  • Nicole Kidman poses at the screening of the film 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'.
  • Lana El Sahely poses at the screening of the film "The Killing of a Sacred Deer".
  • Former US Vice President Al Gore (L) and partner Elizabeth Keadle (R) arrive for the premiere of 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'.

Actresses Jessica Chastain, Milla Jovovich, Eva Longoria, footballer David Beckham and directors David Lynch and jury president Pedro Almodovar were also among the A-listers present for the auction to help the charity founded by the late Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor.

They were aiming to beat the 22 million euros raised at last year's dinner when DiCaprio - who acted as auctioneer - sold a sculpture by British artist Damien Hirst for 3.1 million euros and a day with Hollywood star Kevin Spacey for half a million.

This year's lots included a week in an exclusive resort in the Maldives for 60 people, a fully restored 1958 Jaguar XK150 sports car and a weekend for 30 on a luxury yacht.

For those on more modest budgets, there was a 14-metre (46-foot) statue specially created for the occasion by French artist JR, whose "Faces Places" documentary with Agnes Varda is one of the hits of the festival, which ends Sunday.

The final figure from this year's auction will be released later Friday.

Since the galas began at the Cannes festival in 1993, the "Cinema Against AIDS" dinners have raised more than 174 million euros for the charity.

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