After a formal opening bash, the Cannes party circuit kicked into high gear with the “Matrix Reloaded” bow on the second eve. The sci-fi sequel unspooled in a thundrous display of Hollywood firepower that carried over to the “T3” bow a few days later. The MTV bash at the Pierre Cardin villa was just one of several promotional events presided over by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Other notable soirees included StudioCanal’s annual bash at the Carlton, which offered free makeovers to festgoers and the “Dogville” preem, which drew Oscarwinner Adrien Brody in addition to femme counterpart, Nicole Kidman.