Beyond the Croisette

Cannes nightlife offers various distractions

Those willing to leave the Croisette got a multi-layered slice of nightlife Wednesday.

First up was the after-party for “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” at the Marche Forville, which was the most artfully mounted affair, befitting Julian Schnabel’s buzzed-about pic that was nonetheless tabbed by one waggish buyer as “the must-see movie for the Interview magazine set.”

As people mingled freely in the open, softly lit space, the Dirtbombs played a spirited garage-rock set and live butterflies perched on shoulders of guests and flitted about a large glass cube suspended over the bar.

A 10-minute shuttle ride away, New Line held its 40th Anniversary/”Golden Compass” bash at the Villas Rothschild/Cannes Public Library. Though most were cut off from Daniel Craig and other “Compass” stars huddled in the VIP villa, guests strolled or hit the large, circular dance floor beneath palm trees as DJs, including Mark Ronson, spun tunes.

DJs also dominated the Weinstein Co.’s after-bash at Palm Beach for “Death Proof,” which featured turntable feats at high volume.

Unlike the other parties, this was not a place for fragrant night air and contemplation. In place of “Diving Bell’s” fresh oysters, the offerings here included cotton candy and hot dogs. Les refugees d’Hollywood felt almost home again.

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