Jeweler and Cannes fest sponsor Chopard presented its Trophee Chopard awards, given each year to a jury-chosen duo of rising film stars, to Spain’s Blanca Suarez and Brit Jeremy Irvine on Thursday night.
Joining Chopard co-VP Caroline Scheufele onstage at the Martinez Hotel ceremony were jury members Harvey Weinstein and Variety VP-exec editor Steven Gaydos plus the fest’s Gilles Jacob and Colin Firth, who presented the awards.
Firth said, “Although I wasn’t on the jury, I am in complete agreement with their choices.” He recently completed WWII drama The Railway Man with Irvine, who made his film debut in Cannes jury prexy Steven Spielberg’s War Horse.
Suarez made international waves in Pedro Almodovar’s twisty neo-noir, The Skin I Live In.
Event was hosted by is French TV presenter Alessandra Sublet.
After the ceremony, the guests, including many Chopard-bejeweled young women chaperoned by a discreet but omnipresent security detail, partied to music provided by pop star Solange Knowles and a tight but somewhat overpowering band. Sound levels may have been a result of a last-minute switch from the planned Martinez rooftop garden due to Cannes’ omnipresent rain.
The security guards might have been deployed more efficiently, as $1.4 million in Chopard jewelry was stolen from a safe in the Suite Novotel Cannes Centre room of a Chopard employee Thursday night.