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Parties around Cannes: May 18-19, 2008

Relativity Media, IFG lunch, Bold Films, Directors' Fortnight

Relativity corrals high-profile executives

Relativity Media’s late-night bash at Nikki Club Sunday corralled some of the most high-profile pic execs in the biz, making for an interesting mix. Among the revelers were Harvey Weinstein, Lionsgate’s Jon Feltheimer, MGM’s Harry Sloan and Mary Parent, Lionsgate/Mandate’s Joe Drake, Essential’s Jere Hausfater, First Look’s Avi Lerner and Henry Winterstern, Continental’s Ben Waisbren , plus Participant’s Jeff Skoll and producer Chuck Roven.

Host Ryan Kavanaugh, who had been held up at a dinner, arrived well after the party’s start and worked the large room in the bowels of the Palais Stephanie hotel venue, as vidscreens everywhere showed off Relativity’s press clippings and pics the company helped finance.

Sharon Swart

IFG luncheon packs ’em in

International Film Guarantors’ annual Eden Roc lunch on Monday was as packed as always, seemingly putting to rest the feeling that not all is well in the financial markets.

“There’s always great opportunities in a downturn, and all the people here today really know that,” explained Halcyon Co.’s Derek Anderson, whose finance and production company is currently in shooting McG’s “Terminator Salvation.”

The credit markets may be tough right now but that clearly didn’t stop the usual suspects – major bank reps, film financiers, producers, hedge fund managers and agents – from heading over to the Hotel du Cap for the traditional two-hour-plus buffet luncheon.

Sharon Swart

Bold names at unit launch

Bold Film toppers David Lancaster and Gary Michael Walters threw a launch party Sunday for their international sales effort, spearheaded by Lionsgate, Initial and Lakeshore vet Stephanie Denton.

She said she joined Bold as worldwide distribution prexy in part to move decisively into assembling more “quality fare.”

Writer-director Diane English and her producer Victoria Wisdom (“The Women”), Lionsgate U.K. production head Nick Manzi and producers’ rep Jonathan Dana also attended the Century Beach Club fete. Bold’s hastily assembled Cannes slate of upcoming films includes thrillers “Jack” and “The Hole,” and “Legion,” starring Paul Bettany, which will be released by Screen Gems.

Anne Thompson

Directors’ Fortnight takes center stage

Directors’ Fortnight pulled out all the stops Sunday night at its 40th anniversary party in the gardens of Cannes’ Rothschild Villa. Soiree attendees included the org’s artistic director Olivier Pere and Christoph Leparc, along with French thesps Melvil Poupaud and Emma De Caunes; sibling helmers Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu, Cedric Klapisch, Albert Serra and Nick Nolte.

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