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iPOP at the Cannes Film Festival, Vol. 7

iPOP at the Cannes Film Festival, Vol. 7

iPOP at the Cannes Film Festival, Vol. 7

by Brian Brooks and Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

The 57th Festival de Cannes came to a close over the weekend with the winners announced Saturday night, which indieWIRE editor-in-chief Eugene Hernandez (with camera and pink pass) was lucky enough to attend. Scenes from the winners’ press conference were shot. After the press conference, MGM threw a huge party for its film “De Lovely,” with about 2500 guests, which Variety reported cost around $2.5 million. Unfortunately, we were corralled into an area of the party that included nobody we knew (hence no pictures), so just use your imagination on what something like that is like…

Michael Moore makes it to the top of the iPOP again this week. But hey, he did win the Palme d’Or, so it’s all good. The two-time Cannes award winner of the prize (in 2002 he won a special prize) is pictured here at the winners’ press conference talking about his film, the controversial “Farenheit 9/11.”

Photo by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

Hong Kong star Maggie Cheung won the Festival de Cannes’ best actress prize for her role in Olivier Assayas’ “Clean.” Once one was admitted to any Cannes press conference (which isn’t necessarily all that easy even for people with priority badges) the festival allowed attendees to take pictures, a surprisingly laissez-faire policy at Cannes.

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“Nobody Knows” director Hirokazu Kore-eda went on stage at the winners event with a picture of his star Yagira Yuya, who won the best actor nod but was not present.

Photo by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

Camera d’Or winner Karen Yedaya looked relaxed at the conference with Vittel in hand. The Israeli director took the prize for her film “Or,” which screened in Critics Week.

Photo by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

Popular Hong Kong actors Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi at Friday’s “2046” press conference here in Cannes.

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Director Zhang Yimou (center) with producer Bill Kong (left) and Sony Classics co-president Michael Barker Friday at the Martinez Hotel in Cannes.

Photo by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

The Palais des Festivals has become a star of its own. The famous backdrop is synonymous with the glitz of Cannes, and passers-by take pictures of themselves in front of the red carpet when the opportunity arises (as in, when the National Police aren’t blocking it off and shoo-ing people away). In this pic, celebs and guests descend the red carpet following the gala screening of “Shrek 2,” which brought out a high celeb count and a huge amount of fans to the Croisette on the festival’s first Saturday.

Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

A large cross-section of the specialty and independent film community (but not all by any means) spent a pleasant afternoon at the Killer Films cocktail party at their villa in Mougins, outside of Cannes on Wednesday. This unusual iPOP opportunity came about with the help of Jeanne Berney’s expert organization skills. The pic was originally taken in two-halves, but has been edited to look like one photo.

FRONT ROW (left to right): Marco Weber (Atlantic Streamline), Alexandra Arlango (QWERTY Films), rep Steven Raphael, Guthrie McCarty Vachon, publicist Mickey Cottrell, director/producer John Cameron Mitchell (exec. producer “Tarnation”), Pam Koffler from Killer Films with daughter Georgia Ray Fine. SECOND ROW (left to right): Producer Ramsey Fong (HeadQuarters), Eugene Hernandez from indieWIRE, Lizzie Francke, Ashley Luke (Fortissimo Film Sales), Maud Nadler (HBO Films), Christine Vachon from Killer Films, Kevin Iwashina (CAA), Tracey Bing (Warner Independent), Jessica Uzzan (iHOP), Alexandra Rossi (Fine Line), Alexandra Stone (The Recorded Picture Co.), Karen Oberman (MRC), Michele Robertson (MRC), Vicky Eguia (THe Berney Group) BACK ROW (left to right): Mark Gill (Warner Independent), Dan Goldberg (Wellspring), Paul Federbush (Warner Independent), Jeff Hill (iHOP), Dennis O’Connor (HBO Films), Bob Berney (Newmarket), Guy Stodel (Fine Line), Stephen Winter (Producer, “Tarnation”), Howard Gertler (Process), filmmaker Jonathan Caouette (“Tarnation”) NOT PICTURED (off-camera): Brian Brooks (indieWIRE), Jeanne Berney (The Berney Group), Charles Pugliese (Killer Films).

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