Cannes flirts with skirts

French fest kicks off with bashes, bows, 'Bad' and Brad

CANNES — Cannes’ first big bows paid homage to men in skirts — from cross-dressing revelers at “Bad Education’s” opening fete May 12 to the manly Greek warriors in “Troy” the following evening.

Pedro Almodovar and some of his favorite thesps camped it up on stage Wednesday at the opening night fete, some of them in total cross-dressing mode.

“Bad Education’s” Javier Camera lip-synched a touching rendition of “Quizas, Quizas, Quizas,” and later a famous Spanish drag trio paid a kitsch homage to Quentin Tarantino‘s “Kill Bill.”

“It’s a great party and a great start to the festival,” Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux told Variety.

In a break from usual shoptalk, some male industryites at the party found themselves comparing their legs to those of the transvestite artistes.

Among the revelers joining Almodovar and the Sony Pictures Classics crew of execs, including Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, were “Bad Education’s” Gael Garcia Bernal, Victoria Abril, Pathe topper and party host Jerome Seydoux and his brother, Gaumont chief Nicolas Seydoux, plus designer Jean-Paul Gaultier.

“Troy’s” May 13 bow was the third in less than a week. Castmate Brian Cox donned his traditional kilt for the event, as he did in Gotham May 10, but topliner Brad Pitt — who has extolled the joys of wearing a skirt in the actioner — opted for black tie at the screening, which was followed by dinner.