CANNES, France – After a yr off, a lot of the thrill at this yr’s Cannes Film Festival has been much less about what movies are trending on social media than about merely studying to socialize once more. On the Majestic resort, the place Chopard held its annual award gala Friday night time, Maggie Gyllenhall addressed her considerably blended emotions about returning to the purple carpet.
“To be sincere, I’ve discovered it very susceptible. To be in my very own self, in my very own garments, no hair and make up, there was a component of delight,” she instructed WWD of taking day without work throughout 2020. “I’m in a unique mind-set than I used to be earlier than the pandemic and I really feel a little bit in another way than I used to about it. It’s actually the non-public component versus the general public. I simply haven’t been in public in a very long time.”
Nonetheless, Gyllenhall’s look was a success with Trophée Chopard godmother Jessica Chastain, who stopped in her tracks to reward her plunging Versace robe.
“Smoke present proper there,” Chastain exclaimed as the 2 crossed paths. “Take a look at how attractive she seems to be.”
Chastain welcomed the return of film theaters, saying it was “like respiration once more.” She was so enthusiastic to get again to the massive display she had seen 5 movies on Friday alone. “To be sincere, I believe the primary night time I felt a bit anxious to be in a theater as a result of it had been so lengthy, and I believe we’re all nonetheless getting used to this concept that we could be shut once more. However I’m very grateful for it, that’s for positive,” she mentioned.
Starring within the upcoming “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” because the televangelist greatest recognized for her outrageous seems to be, gave her a brand new perspective. “Be free, put on what makes you content, do no matter and be fearless in your style – that’s the lesson,” she mentioned.
Contained in the ballroom, visitors together with Adrien Brody and Paz Vega shared a desk with jury president Spike Lee and jury members Jessica Hausner, Mélanie Laurent and Tahar Rahim. They sipped Champagne and dined on three programs of lobster, native sole and Portobello mushroom risotto, whereas the tables had been dotted with white peonies and roses.
Pageant inventive director Thierry Frémaux launched Brody to muted applause from the room, however joked that the viewers wanted to be a little bit rowdier for Lee. “Please large noise on the most, as a result of if not he could be tough for us, he’s the president of the jury!” mentioned Frémaux, to whoops and cheers as Lee stood up in his customized Louis Vuitton swimsuit and beret.
Chastain introduced the Chopard prize, which matches to rising expertise, to Kingsley Ben-Adir and Jessie Buckley.
“It feels a little bit bit cheeky to obtain an award for doing one thing that you simply love,” mentioned Ben-Adir. He devoted his win to his “One Evening in Miami” director Regina King, in addition to Rahim and his star flip within the Cannes Grand Prize winner “A Prophet” in 2009. “Your efficiency was an enormous a part of why I’m standing right here. That movie nonetheless blows my thoughts,” he instructed a bashful Rahim from the stage.
Buckley, who’s at present in quarantine in Canada, couldn’t make it to Cannes and despatched a fast video acceptance and promised to “have a little bit pint” with co-winner Ben-Adir when the 2 are each again residence in London.
She subsequent stars in “The Misplaced Daughter,” the directorial debut of Gyllenhaal, who took to the stage to lavish a little bit of impromptu reward on the actress. “It’s exhausting to get my complete love and Jessie is a beast,” she mentioned. “I’ve a sense the world is about to get blown away by Jessie Buckley.”
Chopard copresident and artistic director Caroline Scheufele celebrated bringing again the award for its twentieth anniversary post-pandemic. “Cinema by no means stopped, however life began once more,” she mentioned.
As Ben-Adir broke by way of the cocktail crowd to share a hug with Rahim, Lee mentioned he was taking an night time off from discussions. “One job at a time,” he joked. As French singer Clara Luciani took the stage, she talked about it was her birthday and the room burst into tune, earlier than ending the night time dancing nicely previous midnight. Cannes, it appears, is again in a celebratory temper.