Coppola's 'Marie' preems at Cannes

After mounting the red steps for her Cannes preem, “Marie Antoinette” helmer Sofia Coppola walked a hot pink carpet into a lavish, gourmet extravaganza in honor of the competish pic. Joining her was most of her extended family (pere Coppola got his own applause at the Palais screening), thesps Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman and Steve Coogan, as well as producer Ross Katz, editor Sarah Flack and costume designer Milena Canonero.

Soiree’s elegant setting was offset by early-’80s hits blasting at insolent-teen volumes, as partygoers, including Sony’s Amy Pascal, Sony Classics’ Tom Bernard, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe and biking champ Lance Armstrong munched and mingled. The piece de resistance was a spectacular midnight fireworks show over the Mediterranean.

“Shortbus” helmer John Cameron Mitchell hosted the “first-ever official Queer Party at Cannes” at the American Pavilion just across the water from the “Marie Antoinette” bash. Event was, as advertized, “a mellow attitude-free beachfront soiree,” where “queers and those who love them” could mingle, sans black-tie requirements and celeb drama. “Cannes is full of pretentious people!” Mitchell insisted, but said the fest was pivotal in getting his risque film distributed.

The cheeky invite boasted “the right to refuse service to celebrities,” so celeb turnout was low, but the “Shortbus” thesps mingled with party-goers and helmer Gus Van Sant dropped by at the party’s close.

A chatty Mitchell gossiped with fans, dishing that his cameo moment in “Shortbus” performing oral sex on a woman was “better than craft services.” He also revealed his next project — a children’s film.  Details on the film were hazy, as Mitchell plans on spending the next year getting “Shortbus” distributed. And how is that U.S. deal coming?  “It’s looking good!” Mitchell declared.

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