Journalist and cinema industry insider Carlos Gomez provides exclusive insights to Relaxnews on what makes Cannes Cannes -- on a daily basis for the duration of the Festival.
Football has snuck its way into the proceedings once more. Yesterday night, at the Carlton Cinéma Club (Cannes's VIP hotspot this year - so goes the word on the street) there were without a doubt more people who had come to watch the Champions League final than to celebrate star couple Gad Elmaleh and... Sophie Marceau -- yes, those two are an item, that's official -- that is, in the soon-to-be-released romantic comedy Un bonheur n'arrive jamais seul.
The film is so popular that the open-bar gathering was entirely dedicated to them last night.
And then the weather got involved...
So how did football get invited to the party? It's simple. The feature is produced by Pathé studios, a company run by Jérôme Seydoux, also a shareholder in the Olympique Lyonnais football club. Seydoux was the one who came up with the idea of the big screen showing the match. Which will most certainly come in handy again tonight when the French League 1 championship final takes place...
...unless the weather has its say? Yesterday, while the party was in full swing, a storm was announced for tonight with 120 km/h (75 mph) winds. The news made even Alain Miro lose his beautiful smile for a sec.
Little did Pete Doherty know
Alain works for the Festival during the day and at night he co-produces events for the Cinéma Club. He had just succeeding in booking a surprise Pete Doherty show, scheduled to take place under a temporary structure. Except such structures and storms don't really get along. So in the middle of the night, he had to wake up a construction company and have its team bring its mechanical diggers to the site to erect a sand bulwark against the tent. Almost on the scale of a Hollywood superproduction -- all unbeknownst to the beautiful people.