Pedro Almodovar and some of his favorite thesps treated the crowd to a cross-dressing extravaganza on stage Wednesday at the opening night film’s fete. Victoria Abril, Leonor Watling and “Bad Education” stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Javier Camara camped it up, some of them in total cross-dressing mode.
A fully made up Camara lip-synched a touching rendition of “Quizas, Quizas, Quizas,” and later he and Fele Martinez paid a kitsch homage to Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” with the song “Bang Bang” — Camara looking not quite as svelte as Uma Thurman in a skin-tight yellow catsuit.
“It’s a great party and a great way start to the festival,” Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux told Variety.
In a break from usual shoptalk, some male industryites at the party found themselves comparing their legs to those of the transvestite artistes.
Among the revelers joining Almodovar and the Sony Pictures Classics crew of execs, including David Linde, Michael Barker, Dylan Leiner and Tom Bernard were Pathe topper and party host Jerome Seydoux and his brother, Gaumont chief Nicolas Seydoux; Jean-Paul Gaultier; “Troy” thesp Saffron Burrows; producers Andres Vicente Gomez, Lawrence Bender, Paul Rassam and Thomas Langmann; scribe Milo Addica; Tartan distributor Hamish McAlpine; U.K. Film Council chief exec John Woodward; Berlin’s European Film Market topper Beki Probst; and MOMA’s Laurence Kardish.
The party followed an incredibly fast-paced three-course meal in the Palais des Festivals after the opening night ceremonies and unspooling of Almodovar’s film.