Cannes Festival: Celebrities, parties and yachts

(Rozan Ahmed) – Currently, I’m in the pretty little Kingdom of Monaco. Soaking up a sunrise view as I recover from the glamorous hell that was this year’s Cannes Film Festival. 7 days of back to back events, premieres, red carpets and cameras as every majorHollywood, fashion and music type descended upon the South of France.


Every night, was a highlight. I had the pleasure of attending this year’s dose of grandiose with my dear friends Mohammed Al Turki, Michelle Rodriguez, Zak Tanjeloff and more. On arrival, it was straight onto Eva Longoria’s cocktail bash, which was on a boat, which quickly filled to a point of silliness, which my dress didn’t really appreciate. We then moved on to what was one of my favourite galas at Cannes 2012: Petra Nomcova, Paul Haggis and Sean Penn’s “Haiti Carnival”, where Sean’s passionate words on a human’s responsibility to care for mankind resonated with every bone in my being. It was lovely seeing old friends (who I just kept on seeing), as well as meeting with a number of Haitian residents, who flew in for the affair in support of Petra’s Happy Hearts Fund, Paul’s Artists For Peace & Sean’sJPHRO organisation.


The following day saw one big boom of a yacht party hosted bySaudi Arabia’s Mohammed Al Turki. It was on the Omega, an 80 foot beast of a boat that still couldn’t accomodate the number of guests flocking on various piers attempting to make their way to the popular film producer’s soiree. Mohammed was in town promoting 2 of his upcoming film projects, “At Any Price”, a Ramin Bahraini production starring Zac Efron, and “Arbitrage”, which many say will finally see Richard Gere winning his first Oscar. Post the unforgettable Al Turki/Omega reception, was the “Lawless” after-party – a great movie, that I’m pleased to say sees and celebrates the return of the alpha male on the big screen (it’s about time).

Other affairs included CAA’s gathering of A-list talent at Le Baron, Chopard’s beautiful dinner & dance, set in a secret location that simply took my breath away, P.Diddy’s boat bash (relaxed and informal, my kind of party), Abu Dhabi Film Festival’s Cannes celebration (great seeing the region representing), Di Grisogono’s infamous Antibes showdown (which saw a pretty boring performance by Taio Cruz) and Kanye West’s premiere of his short film “Cruel Summer”.


In case you don’t know, “Cruel Summer” was shot inQatar, in association with the Doha Film Institute. The film’s makers had told me of their interest to respectfully infuse and celebrate Arab culture, which they did rather well. The installation (7 screens, for an all round visual experience) is an interesting concept, and despite the film not making official selection inCannes, I respect the fact that Kanye & co. decided to rent a car park, set up the necessary, and screen the film, anyway.


Killing Me Softly, Brad Pitt’s new film, was probably the most talked about premiere at this year’s festival; I suppose as a result my expectations were extremely high, and err, well, in short…they weren’t met. Mr. Pitt’s still as gorgeous as he very clearly always will be, though.


Finally, amFAR.Cannes’ Film Festival’s most anticipated affair. The gala to end all galas. A fabulous finale of epic standing where I had the honour of finally meeting Karl Lagerfeld. We sat and discussed a number of creative ideas, and may I just share, he said I had “the face”. Not sure entirely what he meant by that but hey, it’s Karl Lagerfeld, so okay. Ultimate compliment, fully accepted.


Contributor: Rozan Ahmed





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