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iPOP at the Cannes Film Festival, Vol. 1

iPOP at the Cannes Film Festival, Vol. 1

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

The Festival de Cannes opened Wednesday evening with Pedro Almodovar's "La Mala educacion" (Bad Education), bringing hordes of the glitterati to the Croisette. IPOP was a bit further away from the red carpet arrival at the Palais des Festivals than we would have liked to be (Cannes does not issue photo badges to "online press" uh-hem). But, iPOP did manage to find a place on a wall to stand and capture the scene, then stumbled into a mini-riot on the Croisette complete with yelling protesters and police in riot gear. Bring it on! Later that night, indieWIRE went to the opening-night party along the Mediterranean, with a dazzling fireworks display set to the "Bad Education" soundtrack, paella, a drag show, and all the Vueve Clicquot one could drink. Good times, good times...










"Mala educacion" (Bad Education) director Pedro Almodovar played his film in the coveted opening night of the Festival de Cannes, followed by a fab party near the Palais. Almodovar was a bit shy with the photogs in the cavernous tent initially, but warmed up toward the end. He gives a salute here in front of the tortilla espanola tent.


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Gael Garcia Bernal plays a dark, complicated character in Almodovar's fantastic new film. Despite the fact iPOP tried to find him all night at the party (I'm sure he was looking for us too) we found him with Sony Classics' Dylan Leiner looking great as usual.


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The Cannes competition jury held a press conference on Wednesday afternoon at the Palais des Festivals. Jury president Quentin Tarantino is seen here seated with other members of the jury including Emanuelle Beart, Kathleen Turner, Jerry Schatzberg, and Tilda Swinton.


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The red carpet at the Palais des Festivals at the opening was mobbed (no big surprise there). The official press photographers were in tuxes, and the streets were jammed with people waiting all day to stake out a good place to catch a glimpse of the star wattage.


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An artists' organization angry with French government plans to redefine how arts people qualify to receive benefits (a bizarre concept in America) decided to make their dissatisfaction known on the Croisette. The National Police were there to greet them in full riot gear, and at one point a minor melee ensued when the police rushed back the standoff moments after this picture was taken (oh, and the press came out to check it out too).


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"Bad Education" star Fele Martinez chomps down on a tasty morsel at the way fun opening night party.


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Cannes competition juror Tilda Swinton rocked out at the "Mala educacion" party during a stage performance by one of the film's actors. She later did some artsy poses for a cameraman outside.


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Co-star Javier Camara (center) decided to do a performance at the party complete with drag back-ups and other numbers whipping the boozed-up crowd into a frenzy with his gender-bending antics. The room was filled with fake fog, hence the strange look.


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Almodovar joined the party on stage with performance of his own. He partied until after 3 a.m. (when we left) while the rest of the Spanish-heavy crowd continued until the wee hours inside.


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The scene about 3:15 a.m. at the "Bad Education" party. The Spanish earned their reputation as late-night revelers (or as the Spanish describe the late-night party monsters in Madrid, "Los Gatos.")


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