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With a strict ID-and-invitation policy keeping crashers away, the most coveted Cannes invitation is for the elusive and exclusive Vanity Fair and Chopard afterparty fete at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.
Hotel staff were still putting the finishing touches on the decor as guests were arriving Saturday night, with two attendants jumping into the pool to place the floating Vanity Fair and Chopard signs in the water. As the seas have been stormy all week, waves were crashing on the rocks below.
Russell Crowe, spotted smoking on the terrace, was overheard telling guests about his new movie: “Please wear underwear, because you will laugh your pants off.” His 1970s-set The Nice Guys is premiering tonight at the festival. The buddy-cop comedy co-stars Ryan Gosling, who skipped the party despite being spotted earlier at the hotel. Crowe took the time to take pictures with fellow partygoers and fans, including two actresses from Turkey.
Other guests were overheard asking if they could take photos during the festivities. “Why not? It’s not the Soho House,” they joked of the bi-coastal club with a strict anti-snap policy.
“I want to direct features. I’m ready to make the move,” Chloe Sevigny told The Hollywood Reporter. If one can’t make the premiere of her short film Kitty — it closes the Critics’ Week sidebar — the first-time director offered to send a link to the film. She described the film, in which a young girl turns into a kitten, as a mother-daughter tale. “I really want people to see it.”
Sevigny was later spotted chatting up Harvey Weinstein, who invited her to his yacht.
Despite being rumored to be dating Polish model Ela Kawalec, Leonardo DiCaprio was hanging with best buddy Tobey Maguire. The two made a casual statement — both wearing jeans, and DiCaprio also sporting what is fast becoming his signature cap — as they held court in a corner near the DJ table.
Salma Hayek, clad in a chic cropped pantsuit, and her husband, luxury house Kering CEO Francois-Henri Pinault, were holding hands and overheard speaking Spanish. Jodie Foster, who was deep in conversation with Crowe, was speaking French with other guests.
Prolific Snapchatter Kate Hudson clutched her phone in one hand and a drink in the other.
Festival jurors Kirsten Dunst and Laszlo Nemes were spotted deep in conversation, but certainly not about their jury duties. Dunst said they are only holding jury discussions every few films and explained that her analysis involves thinking about how she would play the lead actress’s part.
Mark Rylance, fresh from the red carpet for The BFG, came in his signature hat. Paz Vega, sporting a new short haircut, was taking selfies in the bathroom.
Heidi Klum and Vito Schnabel put any split rumors to rest as the two kissed throughout the evening.
Mick Jagger, naturally, was tearing it up near the DJ booth. As he readied to leave he heard a favorite song and made a beeline back to the dance floor. The song for his last dance: Prince’s “Raspberry Beret.”
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