Why I want to be in France.

I want to go to France. I’d brave the volcanic ash cloud (which, by the by, I think would be an awesome plot for a super-villain: the volcano that held Europe hostage!).

Chanel Cruise Collection Presentation
May 11
Saint Tropez, France

After showing last year’s Cruise range at the Lido in Venice, Chanel head designer Karl Lagerfeld is inviting a selection of VIPs to the iconic Cafe Senequier in St Tropez to take in one of the most-anticipated shows on the international fashion agenda.

A new short movie by King Karl and starring model Heidi Mount and French actor Pascal Greggory will be shown on the occasion. The trailer can be viewed here. (Chanel News)

I don’t think I need to add anything to how AMAZING that all sounds.

Ellen’Cinéma
May 13 – June 19
Paris, France

A new exhibition at Le Bon Marché featuring model-turned-photographer Ellen von Unwerth’s take on Hollywood: With “Ellen’Cinéma,” von Unwerth not only returns to the city where she began her modeling career decades ago, but also proves her diversity and staying power. The star-studded photographs are accompanied by behind-the-scenes making-of videos, displaying the photographer’s passion for staging playful interactions with her subjects, and her own 1,000-watt smile. (New York Times)

I am hoping this may become a traveling exhibition because it sounds really good.

Festival de Cannes
May 12-May 23
Cannes, France

The 63rd annual Cannes Film Festival kicks off this week with Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, a film I have no interest whatsoever in. However, also playing:

Fair Game
Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity”) directs this political thriller based on the real life controversy surrounding Valerie Plame, the CIA agent whose identity was leaked to the press in 2003. The film stars Naomi Watts as Plame and Sean Penn as her husband Joe Wilson, a staunch critic of the Bush Administration. Just weeks before its Cannes premiere, Summit Entertainment (“The Hurt Locker”) announced it had picked up the film for U.S. release. (Wall Street Journal)

Let’s count how many things about that paragraph are exciting to me:
1. Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity”) directs = director who can make a fast-paced action story intelligently
2. based on the real life controversy = I love memoirs
3. CIA = I really love covert ops
4. Naomi Watts as Plame = one of my favourite actresses
5. Sean Penn as her husband = this marks their third film together; 21 Grams is possibly my favourite performance by BOTH
6. a staunch critic of the Bush Administration = me too!
7. Summit Entertainment (“The Hurt Locker”) = everywhere else this has been listed as Summit Entertainment (“Twilight”). Seriously, this article starts “Is Naomi Watts the new Kristen Stewart?” — I get that K-Stew is popular (and might even be a good actress), but PLEASE. Conversely, The Hurt Locker makes me think “Let’s talk Academy Awards”.

In addition, Naomi is also in Woody Allen’s film You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger and moreover Cannes is where I could see all the “Foreign” (as in, to me) films that will never come anywhere near my neighbourhood: the full selection. I think I’d choose ANY other film on that list over Robin Hood and probably the Wall Street sequel. Plus there is the Director’s Fortnight which is closing with:

Pieds nus sur les limaces (Lily Sometimes)
Lily (Ludivine Sagnier) is like no one else. She lives in a whimsical universe in harmony with nature at her mother’s country home. Her older sister, Clara (Diane Kruger), married to an up-and-coming attorney, lives and works in Paris. When their mother dies, Clara has to upset her life and job to look after Lily. Under her influence, Clara re-examines her life and gets a taste of a certain freedom. (Director’s Fortnight)

Shall we count again?
1. She lives in a whimsical universe in harmony with nature = indicative of a Wonderland story
2. Clara (Diane Kruger) = my favourite actress
3. When their mother dies, Clara has to upset her life and job to look after Lily = personal identification with the story
4. Clara re-examines her life and gets a taste of a certain freedom = definitely a Wonderland story

SEE!?

Now, you may wonder what this all has to do with red carpet superheroes, but the Cannes Festival is a two week long red carpet chock full of fashionistas in France — and this year overseen by Jury President Tim Burton.

Ladies and gentleman, that has Red Carpet Superhero written all over it.

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