Could Obama be coming? Possible. Closed-off roads and limousine alert are nothing unusual for Cannes during the Film Festival. This time it was all about Gucci and Kering. For the screening of the restored version of “Rocco and His Brothers” as well as for the “Women in Motion” Award, a dinner had been set up. “Place de Castro” is a chic medieval castle with a view over the glamorous city. The evening was nothing like a usual pompous, chatter Cannes dinner. It was all about a new type of “politics” in midst of the most possible glamour (Charlotte Casiraghi next to Benicio del Toro – more is hardly possible)
The “most glamorous political gathering”, how the WWD wrote, happened to be the presentation of the “Women in Motion” Awards. Topic was clearly Feminism, shown on remarkable and inspiring women dressed in Gucci. Award winner number one: Jane Fonda the woman with no age according to her energy, wearing the best, sequined dress of the evening, relaxed, entertaining and 100% non diva-like. Award winner number two: Megan Ellison, Hollywood’s most interesting producer of the moment, young with Kristen Stewart features, wearing a square, black suit, so determined and authentic as hardly anyone in Hollywood. At the next table: Frances McDormand, wife of juror Joel Cohen makes her appearance in a simple white dress (without interest in selfies with fans) and a few days later talks at the “Women in Motion” panel about how women have to accomplish things in much more complicated ways to be as successful as men: “Just like Ginger Rogers knew with Fred Astaire, you have to do it backwards and in heels.” Larry Gagosian and François Pinault at the neighbor table are watching.
That night a new form of dinner event was created: The “glamourtics” dinner where a possible, initially rather unglamorous topic like “women in the movie industry” through the presence and magic of true feminine power players was transformed into an event that one most definitely has to follow. Feminists have never looked more desirable.
Translated by Georgia Reeve
Anne Philippi contributed to the Berlin pages of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Vogue and the German issue of Vanity Fair until 2009. She moved to Los Angeles, with a focus on interviewing Hollywood personalities. Today she partly lives in Berlin and published a book called “Giraffen”, a story that deals with the consequences of a so called existence of glamour.