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Arquette kicks off fete for her ‘Searching’ look at biz

Helmer starts party with deejay set

First-time director Rosanna Arquette celebrated her out-of-competish docu “Searching for Debra Winger” in true Cannes style. Following the Palais screening, where she was joined by fest juror and pic participant Sharon Stone, Arquette & Co. headed for the Plage du Festival for a comfy, candle-lit dinner that could have been one of the settings for the many intimate chats with actresses featured in “Searching.”

In fact, last year’s Cannes fest was one of the backdrops for the docu, when Arquette sat down with Robin Wright Penn, says the helmer — a Cannes habitue who has mounted the red carpet steps many times over the years with pics such as Luc Besson’s “The Big Blue.”

Guests (both male and female) were effusive about the pic. “It’s like your favorite book, or your favorite CD,” says Milla Jovovich. “I’ll want to come back to it and watch it 10,000 times.”

After dinner, revelers, including Patricia Arquette, Malcolm McLaren, Stephen Dorff, producer and Immortal Entertainment prexy-chief operating officer David Codikow, exec producer Todd Wagner and Immortal’s Cary Woods, headed to the Martinez Hotel’s Suite de Guetta club, set up by the former artistic directors of famed Parisian nightspot Les Bains Douches.

Arquette got the party started by deejaying an opening set with tunes from the Clash and James Brown.