The French evening on Saturday, sponsored by Chanel and Premiere, was one of the most stylish in Pusan, but it will remain something of an enigma.
Starting at 10 p.m., the hordes arrived at the Westin Chosun Beach Hotel ready to party. But instead of music, dancing or entertainment, they were treated to the strange spectacle of watching people eat dinner.
Six Chanel-sponsored tables full of Gallic celebs — Isild Le Besco, Bruno Dumont, Gustave Kervern, Patrice LeConte — were sandwiched between the ranks of sweaty paparazzi and the stage lit for a major awards night.
In a ceremony full of pomp, Korean thesp Lee Byunghun was inducted into France’s Order of Arts and Letters. Lee, a French literature major at high school, looked bemused throughout, but perked up beautifully when it was his turn to say “bonjour.”
Celebs hurriedly quit their exhibitionist perch to join the throng, which was by then tucking into fine Burgundy.