Cannes: Hollywood Elite Mingle at Glittery Swarovski, THR Dinner Soiree
Sienna Miller, Michelle Rodriguez, Harvey Weinstein and Alicia Vikander were some of the festival attendees who mingled at the intimate event Thursday night.
As the Cannes Film Festival truly got underway on its second official day with plenty of dealmaking and glamorous red-carpet premieres, Swarovski and The Hollywood Reporter threw an intimate, glittery party for top executives, actors and other festgoers at the Carlton Hotel on Thursday night.
The dinner soiree, hosted by Swarovski and THR, included a cocktail hour where jury member Sienna Miller and actress Michelle Rodriguez mingled with executives like Sony Pictures Classics' Tom Bernard and Michael Barker and IFC's Jonathan Sehring, and THR's Janice Min, president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media's Entertainment Group. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association was honored by THR and Swarovski at the event.
Miller, who is on the jury with the Coen brothers, Guillermo del Toro and Jake Gyllenhaal, among others, says she's excited to see so many of films, some of which she would not get to see if she weren't on the jury.
"It's the most iconic festival in the world. It's just a huge honor and a huge responsibility to be on the jury," she told THR. "It's daunting, and the red carpet it always terrifying, but it's such an honor."
Harvey Weinstein, who earlier in the day had given his annual presentation to buyers, brought rising star Alicia Vikander with him to the event, which included a black carpet sprinkled with sparkling crystals. The Ex Machina actress will star in The Weinstein Co.'s Tulip Fever, and she recently signed on to star in The Circle, the adaptation of Dave Eggers' book.
"There are great movies this year," Weinstein, whose Carol, starring Cate Blanchett, and Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender, will both play in competition, told THR. "Really, really great."
After the cocktail portion of the event, the attendees, who also included Jane Seymour, Desert Dancer director Richard Raymond and Israeli socialite Hofit Golan, sat down for a dinner that included lobster salad with assorted seasonal blossoms and beef filet with port wine and a selection of vegetables.
Radius heads Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, Roadside Attractions' Howard Cohen and Eric D'Arbeloff, and attorneys Robert Darwell and Joe Calabrese were also among the attendees.
Some of the guests, including Furious 7 star Rodriguez, came to the fete from the Mad Max: Fury Road red-carpet gala premiere earlier in the evening. The actress told THR that seeing George Miller's big action remake was one of the highlights of her trip.
"I loved it," she said. "Charlize Theron is perfect in it, and I love me some Tom Hardy. And I think it's going to raise a little shit storm with the female empowerment."