The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival has it all; the gorgeous gals, the glamorous gowns, gunshots, the lights, the action, the film premiers, and this year stolen jewels and a man wielding a gun add to the hype.
The event is an international celebration of film, directors, actors, actresses, models, and singers. Opening and the premiers are much like the Oscars in the United States. A red carpet is rolled out to welcome the glamorous stars, with the females competing for recognition as wearing the best gown or being the best dressed.
Many of the gowns are complemented by beautiful jewels loaned from prestigious jewelers. This year, jewelry made the headlines as well but with disturbing news. Jewelry from the House of Chopard valued at over 1million dollars was stolen from the hotel room of a Chopard employee. Chopard’s expensive jewels are loaned to actresses who walk the red carpet for the film festival. ‘The jewels stolen are not part of the collection of jewels that are worn by actresses during the Cannes Film Festival,’ said Chopard’s Raffaella Rossiello. ‘The value of the pieces stolen is far lower than those in the figures circulating in the media’, she said. However, she would not disclose why the jewels were at the Novotel. The thieves broke into the room at the Novatel on Thursday night, the night of the premiere of The Bling Ring, a film about the true story of teens breaking into celebrity homes and stealing their valuables. During an interview with Christop Waltz and fellow juror Daniel Auteuil by Le Grand Journal, the French news program, shots rang out and the man responsible was arrested. The incident sent attendees scrambling for cover but no one was injured reported Variety.
Steven Spielberg is serving as President of the Juries for the main competition and actress Nicole Kidman is one member of the Jury for the main competition. French actress Audrey Tautou is host for both the opening and closing of the film festival.
The festival opened with the Director Baz Luman’s The Great Gatsby on May 15th. Many stars were present for the premier including the cast, Leonardo DiCaprio, Corey Mulligan, Toby Maguire, and Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan. Also attending the Gastsby premier were Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell. Among the attendees at another premiere, ‘Le Passe’, were Eva Longoria, Mosaffa and Elyes Aguis, actress Jeanne Jesti, director Asghar Farhad and actress Berenice Bejo.
The premiers occur every day of the festival. One of the most popular premiers thus far appears to be ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Premiere on May 19th which many American and foreign stars and VIPs attended. The film festival concludes on May 26th with the premier of ‘Zulu’. Love it or hate it, the annual festival has something for everyone.