Sunday, May 18, 2008

Cannes Film Festival - Saturday

What are Woody Allen, U2's Bono, legendary actress Jeanne Moreau, Penélope Cruz, Harry Weinstein as well as a strings of French actresses including Chiara Mastroianni, Elsa Zylbserstein, Michèle Laroque and the lovely Marina Hands, doing in the same room, sitting just a few rows away from me?

Well, it's a screening room, in the Palais des Festivals, where all have gathered to watch Allen's new opus, Vicky Cristina Barcelona - unfortunately, apart from a sublime Cruz and a shy Rebecca Hall, the film's other stars, namely Scarlett Johansson and Javier Bardem are not around. As Woody Allen walks the red carpet up the Palais's famous steps (les marches), the rain started pouring as if on cue and he looked like ha was acting in one of his own movies: he looks miserable, shrinks in his tux and sighs. Then he offers us a feature that's like a piece of candy, lovable, sweet, delicious, and familiar. As a raging wife, Cruz is actually hilarious, while a goofy Johansson also makes us laugh....
I fell for the classical Spanish guitar in the soundtrack - check it out.
This was one of the festival's most buzz-worthy night, and crowds of people who had invitations were left at the door. I was tremendously spoilt, as my amoureux let me go instead of him; he wasn't there to take pictures of my outfit - I wore an ancient cream-and-black lace top that my grandmother used to wear...
But girls walking the red carpet without a guy could be a trend: Elsa Zylberstein was dateless, while Chiara Mastroianni showed up hand in hand with two girlfriends.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

oh you are doing a fabulous job of making everyone feel "like we are there". bravo. i cannot wait to see that film. and how lovely that you have a red-carpet worthy wardrobe...C'est Extraordinaire!
nancy

Ediot said...

how come you could go to the cannes?
sounds fun!

marie said...

oh i love woody allen! i cant wait to see this!

Kwana said...

Wow! What a fab night.

Mary-Laure said...

NANCY - thank you, thank you, for your wonderful words...
I have been accumulating "special" pieces in my wardrobe for years, but don't imagine I'm a rich designer addict! Last night for instance I wore a classic pencil skirt I use for work appointments with an old lace top that was given to me by my grandma; the designer pieces I do own, such as my Martin Margiela crepe dress, were bought as invitation-only special sample sales - that specific dress cost me about €20, or $30!!
And I think that very simple outfits can be dressed up with fine red lipstick and a nice piece of jewelry such as my silver Penhaligon pendant...
You mentioned you had the opportunity to come to Cannes - how come? Are you in the business?

EDIOT - I am very lucky: my partner is in this business and comes to Cannes for work, so I get to tag along... It IS tons of fun!

Laura said...

I love the idea of girls waliking up the red carpet without a "chevalier servant"!

Imelda Matt said...

Why didn't you tell me I could have fired up the Gulfstream and trotted the 'carpet' with you but i couldn't have competed vintage grandma.

Mary-Laure said...

IMELDA - well I do have my partner at hand but that night, for some reason, he had received only 1 invitation instead of the usual 2 and that's why I went alone...

Kira Fashion said...

wow!
so nice!
Cannes is really awsome!


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A World in a PAN said...

I really enjoy reading your posts from Uruguay, where Cannes Film Festival seems so far away! Thanks!

chloe van paris said...

Elsa Zylberstein wore a beautiful yellow dress.
I must say that reading about you in Cannes is more interesting than Cannes festival ...
Stars are over for me - now it's time for bloggers !

Mary-Laure said...

CHLOE - Elsa Zylbertsein's dress on Wednesday was yellow, but on Saturday she wore and even prettier white dress... I wonder who designed it. She has a great sense of style!