Cannes ’14, where fashion meets film

“Cannes belongs to each and every one of us who, year after year, from wherever we are and in our own individual way, contributes towards creating it step by step. It is only by constantly analyzing the Festival, adapting its function and encouraging debate about it that we will continue to make it the very best it can be. Cannes must be open to new ideas, while remaining faithful to its past, of course. Diversity can only enrich it. That´s what makes the Festival de Cannes our festival.” Thierry Frémaux
The festival opened with this years Grace of Monaco and closed with 1964 classic A Fistful of Dollars.

Sofia Coppola chose a custom-made Valentino gown with a Chopard ruby and diamond necklace set on 18-carat white gold.

The Cannes Film Festival is a great combination of film and fashion, and of course, this year was no exception. With screenings, conferences, interviews, photcalls and worldwide stars as the basis, it forms one of the most glamourous film events of the year. The films fall into a variety of categories, from Cannes Classics, to in and out of competition feature films and Séances Spéciales. This years films included: DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT (TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT) BY JEAN-PIERRE DARDENNELUC DARDENNE staring Marion Cotillard. GRACE OF MONACO BY OLIVIER DAHAN staring Nicole Kidman and a screening of the classic JAMAICA INN BY ALFRED HITCHCOCK staring Maureen O’Hara. 

This year, there were fifteen female filmmakers across the programme as well as a majority female-led jury. The second of the Yves  Saint Laurent films was also screened. 
“Bonello’s script, written with regular Jacques Audiard collaborator Thomas Bidegain,  focuses less on Saint Laurent’s troubled romance with life partner Pierre Berge (which formed the spine of Lespert’s film) than on his individual neuroses, insecurities and delusions. As such, it’s a less flattering portrait, with machete-cheekboned Gaspard Ulliel an aloof, glassy presence throughout; he’s a more dreamily charismatic presence than Pierre Niney, the twitchy lead of the last film, though he bears less of a physical or behavioral resemblance to the subject. The upside for Saint Laurent’s admirers is that Bonello’s film reflects more of the designer’s tortured creative drive in its dark onyx surfaces; it’s the slightly deranged auteur portrait that a fellow artist and iconoclast deserves.” – Guy Lodge 
Christina Hendricks wore a dress by Alberta Ferretti from the autumn/winter 2013 collection.

This year, Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Palme d’Or award winner for his film “Winter Sleep” which was described as having “all the key components of a fairy-tale, but its magic blows through the film in whispering breaths, raising the hairs on your arms even as you barely notice the air’s movement…This is a beautiful, bold, intently serious film about a failing marriage in a mountaintop hotel on the Anatolian steppe: think The Shining as retold by Chekhov, without the axe and spooks.” by Robbie Collin of The Telegraph 

First female Palme d’Or winner Jane Campion told The Guardian “My sense is that Cannes is very interested in new voices in cinema, never mind where it comes from or the sex of it. It’s to do with who funds films in the first place.”

British household name Timothy Spall also made headline at the festival winning best actor for his role in Mr Turner, Mike Leigh’s biopic of British artist JMW Turner and said in an interview with BBC News,  “Finally though, with Mr Turner, it feels like someone has made me into a leading actor – albeit an ugly one.”

Marion Cotillard teamed a Christian Dior gown with Christian Louboutin heels and jewellery by Chopard.

Many awards were given out throughout the duration of the festival including: Grand Prix – The Wonders by Alice Rohrwacher (In Competition) and Best Director – Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher (In Competition), Un Certain Regard Award – White God by Kornél Mundruczó (Un Certain Regard). First Prize – Skunk by Annie Silverstein (Cinéfondation), Caméra d’Or – Party Girl (Golden Camera) and Short Film Palme d’Or – Leidi by Simón Mesa Soto (Short Film) were amongst some of the winning tittles. 

Jessica Chastain teamed an Elie Saab Couture spring/summer 2014 gown with Roger Vivier sandals.




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