The Croisette crowd sees 'Blindness' stars
EmptyThe Festival de Cannes fixed its gaze on the world premiere of Fernando Meirelles' "Blindness" on Wednesday night as Sean Penn led his jury into the Palais des Festivals.
While a plague of blindness hits an unnamed city in Meirelles' thriller, the Palais red carpet was seeing stars as the film's talent —Julianne Moore, Danny Glover and Gael Garcia Bernal — gave festgoers quite the sight for sore eyes. Cate Blanchett, Eva Longoria and Faye Dunaway added Hollywood glam to the black-tie evening.
Funnyman Edouard Baer opened the evening with a warm welcome in English, telling the crowd in a thick French accent, "My heart is full of love and emotion."
The low-key ceremony stuck to tradition as the Penn-led jury — American actress Natalie Portman, Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron, French director Rachid Bouchareb, German actress Alexandra Maria Lara, Italian actor-director Sergio Castellitto, Iranian director Marjane Satrapi, French actress Jeanne Balibar and Thai helmer Apichatpong Weerasethaku — took their seats onstage.
Penn talked about his vision for this year's fest: "We're going to be sending love letters to some movies. Those who don't get them, don't be discouraged," Penn said, adding, "I'm making a plea to those distributors who don't get awards: Stand behind your films as you are now. We're going to do our best." (partialdiff)