9:06am PT by Chris Gardner
Inside Vanity Fair's Cannes Party With Quentin Tarantino, Robert Pattinson and Chloe Sevigny
Follow the flash bulbs.
That was the directive doled out by one Cannes Film Festival veteran as she was standing on the terrace of the iconic Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. It was more of a light suggestion that The Hollywood Reporter take a look at the entrance to Vanity Fair's Saturday night VIP party to see what all the pops were about. "Someone major is here" was the idea.
She was right. Nick Jonas (in Ermenegildo Zegnaand) wife Priyanka Chopra Jonas had arrived just past 11 p.m. in new ensembles after their dashing spin on the red carpet in matching white looks outside the Palais earlier in the evening. The couple was surrounded by a gaggle of photographers and friends eager to say bonsoir.
There were plenty of major stars already in position at the afterparty that followed an exclusive dinner hosted by Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Radhika Jones and co-sponsored by Chopard. It was a big night for Jones in her first Cannes outing for the Conde Nast title since taking the reins from Graydon Carter in December 2017. She dressed for the part in a magical gown and statement Chopard gems and made the rounds, greeting stars, producers, agents and even yacht-owning moguls. Jones welcomed David Geffen and had a prime seat next to him during dinner.
As for Geffen, his yacht The Rising Sun had a prime spot, too, parked off in the distance in the Mediterranean not far from Odessa II, the superyacht belonging to another dinner guest, billionaire Len Blavatnik. These are the types of details one hears at Cannes parties, especially during conversations inside the iconic Cap d'Antibes hotel. On this night, though, cinema and weather also dominated party chatter as guests raved about Pedro Almodovar's Pain and Glory while bemoaning the rain that had blanketed Cannes on Saturday.
That meant that the forever Instagram-ready du Cap terrace was empty save for huddles of smokers who gathered under awnings to stay dry. "The du Cap is the epitome of glamour and the exclusivity — all of that," Chloe Sevigny explained to THR. "But unfortunately we can't be outside." DJ Mateo made the most of it, pumping a mix of beats by the likes of Prince into the venue, where Shailene Woodley needed no invitation to tear up the dance floor with a male pal.
Over her shoulder, Quentin Tarantino and wife Daniella Pick huddled in a corner, catching up with Robert Pattinson. It was the first major appearance for the actor after it was revealed that he has become a frontrunner to play Batman. No word on what the trio were talking about, and franchise might not have been it. After all, both Tarantino and Pattinson have film screenings here in Cannes: Tarantino will soon unveil his Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, while Pattinson was just hours away from presenting The Lighthouse on Sunday morning.
His co-star Willem Dafoe was on the opposite end of the bash past a sea of other major guests, such as Liev Schreiber, Jesse Eisenberg, Yorgos Lanthimos, Charles Finch, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Luca Guadagnino, Miles Teller, Almodovar and his Pain and Glory star Antonio Banderas, James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Francois-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek Pinault and filmmaker Matthew Heineman.
Tarantino has returned to the South of France on the 25th anniversary of his Palme d'Or victory for Pulp Fiction, and he's not missing a moment. He was among the first guests to arrive at the du Cap for Vanity Fair's event, catching the entire cocktail hour and making small talk with guests. If he represents the old guard of auteurs, then certainly Ladj Ly is part of the new. The French filmmaker also made the cut for VF's seaside party and was seen accepting congratulations from well wishers over the successful showing (and Amazon sale) of his Les Miserables.
"With this movie, we had a big question when we screened it: Is this movie universal?" he said to THR through Toufik Ayadi, his producer (who also helped translate). "For us now, we know. The movie is universal."
With a permanent residence in the south of France, Pamela Anderson didn't have any questions about how to navigate through a night at the du Cap. "It feels like home to me now, being here. I've been to the du Cap so many times," she told THR while her actor son, Brandon, caught up with a friend steps away. "I did a photo shoot here 20 years ago for Playboy and I love the light. It's one of the most beautiful parts of the world. I always wanted to live in the south of France at this time of my life, so I'm checking it off the list."
She was also paying close attention to the clock. The party was just getting going — and would stay hot until nearly 2 a.m. and go down as the starriest and most coveted invite of this year's Cannes thus far — but Anderson already had an exit strategy.
"It's a two-hour drive back to my house, so I'll be leaving shortly," she admitted. "I get to go to sleep in my own bed tonight."
Now that's pretty major.
#Cannes2019 glam in effect tonight on first Saturday night of festival as @VanityFair partnered with @Chopard for Hotel du Cap party. Rain kept everyone away from iconic terrace but Robert Pattinson, Quentin Tarantino @nickjonas @priyankachopra @shailenewoodley Chloe Sevigny here pic.twitter.com/jRgPgR992N— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) May 18, 2019