Wong Kar Wai’s “My Blueberry Nights” wasn’t quite the juicy offering hoped for, but Cannes Film Festival’s 60th anniversary opener Wednesday night came with a generous side order of glitz and good vibes.
Leading the celeb charge on the red carpet were the pic’s helmer and stars Norah Jones and Jude Law plus Aishwarya Rai, Gong Li, Juliette Binoche and Luc Besson.
Many more than the usual 30,000 festgoers are in town for the special festivities, making this year’s event a tightly packed Cannes. The pressure is on for events and movies to live up to attendees’ high expectations.
Fest topper Gilles Jacob has decreed that the fest’s jubilee year should honor filmmakers. In keeping with that, the opening ceremony featured a surprise screening of David Lynch’s “Absurda,” a three-minute film that was too late to make the cut of the fest’s “To Each His Own Cinema” anniversary omnibus pic.
After the gala screening, soiree continued into the wee hours with the fest’s traditional gala dinner and a “Blueberry Nights”- themed party hosted by StudioCanal, complete with Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and other Americana touches.