May 16, 2012

All the World is Cannes

The 65th International Film Festival in Cannes opens today and Marilyn graces the official poster of the festival. There is no film festival quite like Cannes simply because it's in Cannes i.e. the south of France, on the Côte d'Azur in May in France. Rosé is the drink du jour and just tastes better being sipped on the terrace of the Carlton, if you can get a seat, let alone a whole table.

Jury members this year include Monsieur Diet Coke Jean-Paul Gaultier, director Alexander Payne ("The Descendants" "Sideways") and Diane Kruger who momentarily diverted talk about movies to talk about her dress (although that happens pretty much every time anyone wears something or nothing, whatever the case may be). Diversions are very welcome in Cannes, especially of the female kind.

Ewan McGregor, Diane Kruger, Jean-Paul Gaultier
Diane Kruger in Versus 

So, we have here the first official dress of the festival. Personally, I think Brad Pitt would have worn it better than Ms. Kruger. I'm completely serious. Brad looked great in "Troy".  We admired Ms. Kruger in "Inglorious Basterds" where she played a charmingly brittle German actress. Yes, she is indeed German but she portrayed the delicious double agent Bridget von Hammersmark with a wicked wit. We hold our favorites in high esteem which is why we are always disappointed when they make rather unfortunate choices for publicity appearances.

In this dress, she just looks uncomfortable. I am trying to imagine the thought process behind this choice: "I feel like wearing a dress with lots of strings. And you know what? I am going to pair it with these net shoes. Donatella darling, do you have an impossibly tight string dress in your collection?" Of course she does.

Bienvenue à Cannes.  For some informative and insightful interviews and reviews of the festival, follow Eve Jackson on twitter @evelinginparis - she is the reporter of all things culture, film and music for France24. Her reporting is different to the brash, bland stuff you get in the States. It's actually considered and insightful - different. I like it and watch her coverage religiously.

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