Saturday 24 March 2018

Cannes 2012: the best and worst festival parties

Simple Minds perform at the Replay & Simple Minds Concert at Hotel Martinez on May 22, 2012 in Cannes. Photo: Getty Images
Simple Minds perform at the Replay & Simple Minds Concert at Hotel Martinez on May 22, 2012 in Cannes. Photo: Getty Images

Anita Singh

THE parties for the Cannes film festival 2012 were a mixed bunch - from Pete Doherty's damp squib to Eloise Laurence's star turn at the mike.

The 65th Cannes Film Festival. is known for its packed press conferences, film screenings - and parties. Here's how the parties rated:

The one where Damon Albarn played second fiddle

Albarn got up on stage at the bash for Broken, a Tim Roth film showing as part of Critics’ Fortnight. But he was merely a support act for the real star of the show, Eloise Laurence. She makes her acting debut in Broken but would prefer a career as a folk singer and gave a great performance with Albarn accompanying her on guitar. Oh, and she’s only 12 years old.

The one with the celebrity barman

At the beachside after-party for Lawless, the US Prohibition drama boasting one of the starrier casts in Cannes, Shia LaBeouf strolled behind the bar and helped out staff by pouring the drinks. His date for the night was his mum. Fittingly for a film about hooch, the party was sponsored by Johnnie Walker Blue Label.

The one(s) for Eighties revivalists

Two rival bashes here. At one end of the Croisette, Italian jeans brand Replay wheeled out Simple Minds to perform a barnstorming set. A perspiring Jim Kerr belted out Don’t You Forget About Me in the ballroom of the Hotel Majestic to a crowd of denim enthusiasts.

A few hundred yards down the Croisette and Cyndi Lauper performed at the Belvedere (Red) Vodka party, still warbling Girls Just Wanna Have Fun at 58 and launching herself into the crowd with admirable abandon. Ronnie Wood joined her on guitar.

The one with Alec Baldwin

In town to make a documentary about the movie business, Alec Baldwin was apparently a little put out when uber-producer Harvey Weinstein refused to take part. Arriving at the Calvin Klein IFP party, Baldwin reportedly announced to the room that Weinstein was “a f---ing douchebag”. Unfortunately for Baldwin, his comments were jotted down by a journalist from The Hollywood Reporter who broadcast them all over town. A spokesman for the 30 Rock actor later said the story was broadly true but Baldwin had actually called Weinstein “an a--hole, not a douchebag”.

The one with the dodgy drinks

Guests turning up to the party for Goddess, starring ex-Boyzone crooner Ronan Keating, headed to the bar for a chilled glass of rosé only to find a bartender manning a SodaStream machine. Drinks available: SodaStream Gin & Tonic, SodaStream Cola & Vodka and a selection of SodaStream cocktails. Gassy.

The one with the teen heart-throb

Zac Efron puts his High School Musical days behind him with his role in The Paperboy, in which he romps with a trailer-trash Nicole Kidman. The after-party sponsored by Ciroc Vodka and Erno Laszlo was suitably grown-up, with guests enjoying a sit-down dinner at the upmarket Carlton Plage. In case you needed a reminder that the film stars one of Hollywood’s most eligible (and pint-sized) bachelors, footage of Zac in nought but a pair of Y-fronts played in a loop on giant screens during the meal.

The one where nobody mentioned the film

The after-party for Pete Doherty’s Confession of a Child of a Century was more akin to a wake after critics delivered their verdict on his big screen debut. “Calamitous”, “godawful” and “intolerably dull” were among the kinder comments. Dampening spirits even further, the party was held in a hilltop castle inaccessible to cars, leaving guests including Lily Cole to trudge for 20 minutes through the worst downpour in Cannes memory. A suitably bedraggled end to Doherty's film career.

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