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Cannes crowd dines on fest

Culture commish Reding celebrates birthday with fest organizers, filmmakers

PARIS — Cannes film fest organizers wined and dined with French filmmakers April 27 at the Intercontinental Le Grand Hotel in Paris. The reception and dinner, co-hosted by Variety, also served as birthday party for EU education and culture commish Viviane Reding.

Among the guests joining fest prexy Gilles Jacob for the champagne were scribe Jean-Claude Carriere, thesp/fest juror Emmanuelle Beart, filmmakers Erick Zonca and Claire Denis, fest g.m. Veronique Cayla, Koch Lorber Films chief Richard Lorber and Variety international managing director Eric Mika.

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