Robert Pattinson takes Cannes Film Festival by storm with two new films

Robert Pattinson was the man of the moment at the Cannes Film Festival over the weekend. The British actor debuted two new films to critical acclaim.

The 28-year-old joined Australian actor Guy Pearce and director David Michod on Sunday to premiere The Rover, a violent crime drama set in the Australian outback during an unspecified dystopic future.


Robert Pattinson at the Cannes Film Festival

The thriller, which premiered in the Midnight Selection, was launched by the cast and crew at a party on Saturday. This was followed by photocall on Sunday and a premiere in the evening.

For the second time in his career Robert also has a movie in the Competition section with director David Cronenberg - Hollywood satire Map To The Stars.

The film, which debuted on Monday, drew positive reactions from the critics on the Croisette.

Attending the press call with Robert were director David and co-stars Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Mia Wasikowska.

Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, David Croneberg, Julianne Moore and John Cusack at the Map To The Stars press call

Rob has firmly stepped out of the shadow of Edward Cullen, the vampire character he played for five years in the worldwide phenonemon The Twilight Saga.

He has spent the last few months off the radar of paparrazi and has lensed two new biopics - James Dean picture, Life, with Dane DeHaan, and Queen of the Desert.

Also starring Nicole Kidman and James Franco, the film is based on the life of Gertrude Bell - a British traveller, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political officer.

Over the weekend Cannes also saw the premiere of Tommy Lee Jones' directorial debut The Homesman - which features Hilary Swank - and Saint Laurent, based on the life of fashion designer Yves St Laurent.

Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy

Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy were also in town to promote their new project, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Them. The film has three cuts: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Her, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Him and the shorter cut which screened at the festival, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Them.