Cannes party lines
Next Generation, 'Serbis,' Relativity MediaNEXT GENERATION
Like the film school shorts it celebrates, German Films' annual Next Generation party tries to make up with enthusiasm what it lacks in budget and production values. And, like the films, the results were mixed. While the event never rose above your standard Cannes beach affair, the young ones all seemed to be having a good time.
Attendees: You can hardly expect famous names at a party celebrating the next big thing. Revisit the guest list in 10 years to see whose career took off here.
Cuisine: Apparently, organizers did prepare a spread of finger food and tidbits for the crowd. But by the time this correspondent arrived, the hungry up-and-comers had stripped it dry. Drinks of all varieties kept flowing throughout the night.
Highlights/lowlights: The dance floor stayed pretty packed for the whole event, with twentysomethings getting down to a retro disco mix of songs older than they were./The packed venue, which barely left room to breath.
Verdict: 2.5/5 martinis (Scott Roxborough)
(Christophe Leroy beach)
The party for Brillante Mendoza's In Competition film "Serbis" thrown late Sunday by Fortissimo Films tried to be a little edgier than the standard beach bash, with rasping techno sounds shaking the colorful tropical venue.
Attendees: Fortissimo co-chairman Michael J. Werner and Nicole Mackey, executive vp international sales, were on hand to welcome Mendoza and cast members Coco Martin and Kristopher King, plus producer Ferdinand Lapuz and executive producer Didier Costet.
Cuisine: A limited bar tended by an acrobatic guy who performed the usual bottle-spinning routines and poured champagne into a glass while balancing it on his forehead. All very impressive, but thirsty punters would rather have got their drinks quicker than watch the show. The dude obviously doesn't realize that "Serbis" is a corruption of the word "service." Food was restricted to some nibbles including macaroons.
Highlights/lowlights: A late Sunday rave is a hard ask for those who've already partied hard over the weekend as festival fatigue creeps in, but a fair few stalwarts braved the dancefloor. In keeping with the movie's steamy scenes, snake-hipped ladies writhed against the backlighting like those in the opening title sequence of old Bond movies. One reveler actually went "over the top" of the sand barrage to the sea and gyrated about with the waves lapping his heels.
Verdict: 2.5/5 martinis (Charles Masters)
The Croisette version of London's Century Club played host to a mix of high-level buyers and sellers at the early evening soiree for the U.K.'s Bold Films. While the party's industry theme kept the vibe more insular and the celeb quotient light, a breezy beachside setting ensured that the party was the perfect transition between a day of work and an evening of play.
Attendees: Russian actress Svetlana Metkina ("Bobby") was among the few actors in the group. But anyone seeking an international dealmaker was in the right place, as Gaumont's Yves Chevalier, Lionsgate U.K.'s Nick Manzi, Sony's Steve Bersch and U.S. indie mainstay Jonathan Dana mingled with such Bold execs as Stephanie Denton, Gary Michael Walters and David Lancaster.
Cuisine: The early hour made this a finger-food affair, and there was a healthy quanitity of tasty snacks including marinated shrimp and scallops with pineapple.
Highlights/lowlights: The security guard assigned to the party's beach seemed to be sleeping standing up, while the dog stretched out flat next to him didn't move for an hour and was in a sleep so deep that an earthquake wouldn't have woken him. So much for those menacing Cannes guards.
Verdict: 3/5 martinis (Steven Zeitchik)
Take Harvey Weinstein, Avi Lerner and Brett Ratner, add glitzy '80s nightclub decor, free-flowing booze, a few celebs and most every top powerbroker in Cannes and what do you get? A PG-13 version of "Scarface." All arrived to pay homage to film fund guru Ryan Kavanaugh, ring leader of the underground circus that caused the Croisette to vibrate two stories above.
Attendees: Chuck Roven, WMA's Jim Wiatt and Cassian Elwes, CAA's Rick Hess, Roeg Sutherland and Emanuel Nunez, ICM's Hal Sadoff and Bic Tran, Cinetic's Matt Littin, Untitled's Jason Weinberg, Unified Pictures' Keith Kjarval, Lionsgate's Jon Feltheimer and Tom Ortenberg, Lakeshore's David Dinerstein and Mandate's Joe Drake brought as much starpower as Paz Vega, Rachel Leigh Cook and (staying late into the night) Ed Norton.
Cuisine: About 15-20 different types of finger bites, none superfancy -- sandwiches, miniburgers, vegetable crudites, petit fours and cookies -- but it wasn't about the food. It was about the long bar that kept guests hopping to and fro when they weren't staking out territory on the banquettes.
Highlights/lowlights: Decadance that had a classically cheesy vibe but with some classy touches. In the Cannes version of "Dueling Banjos," a saxophonist and percussionist performed alternating solos that captured everyone's attention. Progressive, beat-driven world music impressed and kept revelers there until well past 4 a.m.
Verdict: 4/5 martinis (Gregg Goldstein)