Friday, June 1, 2007
Myleene's blog: The glamor of Cannes
I’ve always heard that of all the film festivals, Cannes is the one to give you everything and more. This year was extra special because it was the 60th anniversary, and I can confirm that my first Cannes experience didn’t disappoint!
From the moment I arrived, there was a definite feeling of anticipation in the air. Rumors and titbits of information about who was arriving were flying around, fed by the multitude of journalists and expectant fans.
I checked into my hotel, was nearly overpowered by the scent of Chanel No.5 swirling around the lobby and watched the yachts from my hotel balcony as they ferried in a cargo of international superstars. I knew that I would have many a tale to tell when I got home.
My first interviews of the day were not set in the usual darkened corner of a hotel room but in the lobby of one of the glitzy hotels which had been sectioned off, so that models and actresses from every corner of the globe could relax and show their Valentino dresses and Chopard jewelry off to perfection.
It was here that I got the chance to catch up with a heavily pregnant, but totally stunning, Eva Herzigova. She was one of the girls invited to open the ceremony at Cannes, along with Minnie Driver, Devon Aoki and Liz Hurley.
The rest of my day consisted of going to various parties to meet the actors and actresses for further interviews. It was at one of these that I accidentally took a wrong turn and literally bumped into Jerry Seinfeld in the men’s room. He saw the funny side and helpfully directed me to the ladies’, much to the amusement of my colleagues!
Then I met Juliette Binoche, who was incredibly charismatic, chic and engaging. She seemed so happy to be back in Cannes: not only does she see it as the place that launched her, but she is a child of the city.
After Juliette, I spoke to Jude Law (we share the same make up artist so it was nice to have an informal catch-up) and Norah Jones about their new movie, “My Blueberry Nights.” It felt so bizarre to be conducting an interview on a beach rather than in a studio, but I think I could get used to it!
I also got the opportunity to interview a selection of the world’s most gorgeous men, all in the space of an hour. Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Matt Damon were great fun to speak to. They were extremely playful throughout the interview and even divulged a game they were playing amongst each other. (They had set one another a challenge to insert a random word successfully into the interview, the word in question being “Savlon" on this occasion!)
Don Cheadle and Andy Garcia were equally lovely and Elliot Gould proved to be wise and witty in equal doses.
The beauty of the Cannes film festival is that throughout the day, you can almost freeze-frame moments in time and see them as the next iconic snapshot for generations to come. I got the chance to experience everything the festival is about: I walked along the infamous red carpet, met the stars, got to board the yachts, attended the parties and watched the films in the middle of the day.
But the absolute highlight was that I got the opportunity to deliver the Palme d'Or on the final stage of its journey to Cannes from the Chopard workshop in Switzerland. Naturally, I had to take a peek: after all, this is the prize and pinnacle of what the competition entries are vying for. It probably comes as no surprise, but whoever wins it will need to reinforce their mantelpiece. It’s very, very heavy!!!!!
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