Celebs include a princess and a president's son
As you’d expect from a place synonymous with wealth and glamour, Monaco’s fest brings together a wildly diverse array of international celebs, from Saudi Princess Nauf Al Saud — attending to introduce young artists from the Middle East and to help raise money for MCFF’s charities — to Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who’ll serve as honorary chairman for this year’s event….But can he cure mumblecore?: Following a luncheon held in his honor on May 15, leading genetic scientist Dr. Daniel Cohen will address the black-tie gala dinner at the Fairmont Hotel the next evening, discussing his “whole-genome” research to locate new genes involved in diseases…. Film-wise, there’s a tribute to vet South Korean producer Park Keon-seop, capped by a screening of his 1990 war pic “Nambugun.”… Appropriately, given his matinee-idol good looks, Jean Sarkozy, son of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, has been invited to chair the jury. … The fest will unspool new student works from two international film schools: Lebanon’s Notre Dame U., situated in the town of El-Louaize, and Dongseo U. in Busan, South Korea. … And don’t forget your script: U.K. financier ScreenOpus — a joint venture of Paris’ MK2 and Gotham’s Severance Pictures, and a sponsor of the fest — will be on the lookout for new projects to finance.