Postcard from Cannes: Film festival turns 65
May 17th, 2012
04:33 PM ET

Postcard from Cannes: Film festival turns 65

Cannes turns 65 this year – the age of retirement for many, though not in France (President Sarkozy upped it to 62, before he was promptly retired by the voters this month).

The grande dame of film festivals has plenty of life in her yet, with the paparazzi still having to wear tuxedos on the red carpet and a seemingly reinvigorated market, if the number of attendees and films is anything to go by.

Perhaps to prove the point, Jane Fonda wowed the crowds on Wednesday's opening night in a stunning Versace gown, and at 72 brought much needed sophisticated glamour to the event.

Opening night movies are often chosen for political reasons, not artistic merit, but Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” proved equally popular with critics and the festival’s black tie dignitaries.

Sadly, none of the stars - Ed Norton, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Bruce Willis and Frances McDormand - showed up wearing the raccoon tail hat that features prominently in this whimsical summer camp romantic escapade.

Look for more on “Moonrise Kingdom” when it’s released in the states on May 25.

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Dumb Republican

    Why are all the people who are mad at Jane Fonda, all fat republicans who watch fox news?

    May 21, 2012 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Fed Up

    Jane Fonda is a traitor to her country no matter what kind of designer gown she wears. Vietnam was not her place to stick her nose in just because of her "celebrity" status.

    May 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Don Love

      America & the CIA had nor justification or business murdering thousands of South East Asians. If you beleive that it did then; 1. You have never been to East Asia 2. You have no clue concerning the truth of what the US government is really about 3. You possess little or no higher education or ability with critical thinking 4. You somehow profit from or support other people's suffering i.e war, military, prisons, law enforcement, 'patriotism', or any other subversive actions taking by those who accept violence as a solution to anything.

      Sorry, but Ms. Fonda stood up against senseless war and violence. What have you actually done?

      May 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Traveller

    Been there two years ago, so beautiful romantic city of Cannes. Foods were so tasty and the wine is out of this world. Would love to go back soon.

    May 18, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Art Mazzarellizeioust

    Are the Weinsteins comming?

    May 18, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jeffre David Marmon (Mr. Kotter)

    I met Pierce brosnan there.

    May 18, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Michael Calaizzo

    the parties are really special at Cannes.

    May 18, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |

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