The exclusive annual bash was the party of the week.
The most coveted invitation of the first week of the film festival is the annual Chopard and Vanity Fair bash, when the stars escape the crush of Cannes for the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.
The star-studded Saturday night bash brought Julianne Moore, Salma Hayek, Elle Fanning and Mary J. Blige out to Antibes, with power execs Jeffrey Katzenberg, Amazon's Roy Price and Netflix's Ted Sarandos also letting loose. But Tilda Swinton was the queen of the dance floor, taking the party into the wee hours.
10:59 p.m. The Uber arrives at the front gates of the Hotel du Cap. Security is tight, with three black-suited personnel checking car passes and tickets before allowing people on the hotel grounds. The line is only three cars deep, but the VVIPs are already inside and the crowd hasn’t hit peak party level yet.
11:00 p.m. The car pulls up to the front of the Eden Roc restaurant, perched on the cliff below the famed Hotel du Cap and nearly runs over Tilda Swinton. The driver, who has lived in Antibes his entire life, has never set foot (or wheel) on these hallowed grounds before.
11:05 p.m. The dinner upstairs is just wrapping up, with the guests filtering out to the deck. Salma Hayek was overheard joking that she was avoiding carbs – but champagne seemed to be on the menu.
11:10 p.m. Graydon Carter’s annual party is known for its eclectic guest list, and the seating seemed aimed at creating the right mix – the table closest to the door saw Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jemima Kahn and Ted Sarandos seated together.
11:20 p.m. Julianne Moore, Salma Hayek and Eva Longoria were chatting on the terrace and good-naturedly posing for pics for several minutes. Eva and Salma got into a conversation about California versus French wines, with the duo chatting in both English and Spanish.
11:29 p.m. Eva Longoria bids her goodbyes and tells Jessica Chastain to enjoy her jury duty. Chastain says this has been one of the best weeks of her life.
11:34 p.m. Amazon’s Roy Price and Jeffrey Katzenberg are deep in conversation next to the bar.
11:42 p.m. Greta Gerwig spotted shaking hands with Clint Eastwood. A few minutes later she's overheard saying that Eastwood asked to meet her and the pair chatted about an all-female led film that Eastwood has in mind.
11:45 p.m. Arnold Schwarzenegger lights up a cigar and poses for pics with a giant gold skull ring on his left hand.
11:50 p.m. Katzenberg is spotted chatting with The Meyerowitz Stories director Noah Baumbach and its star Adam Sandler. “They gave me a freaking Palme d’Or!” he said about receiving a career honor from the festival the night before. “I thought it would be some small thing, and when they opened the box I was shocked.” Katzenberg was the first producer to be given a Palme d’Or in Friday night’s ceremony; the prize is usually reserved for directors and actors.
11:59 p.m. Jessica Chastain fangirls out over Greta Gerwig, saying that she’s seen all her films. Chastain was then overheard talking about how great the jury is getting along.
12:10 a.m. THR cover ladies Isabelle Huppert and Jessica Chastain are bonding over their shared love of jury president Pedro Almodovar’s 2016 film Julieta.
12:14 a.m. Huppert politely interrupts Hayek and Katzenberg to say hello. The two already know who the Oscar nominee is.
12:19 a.m. Hayek, in a stunning pearl-encrusted gown, stops model Arizona Muse to compliment her on her floaty Ralph & Russo tiers-and-train gown.
12:28 a.m. Guests are being ushered out, moving downstairs to the poolside party. Elle Fanning, who in what was surely an oversight is finally allowed in, and chats with Moore as they descend the grand staircase. The crew, including Jake Gyllenhaal, enter the party as “Staying Alive” comes on.
12:32 a.m. Sarandos and Katzenberg are chatting at the bar, probably plotting world domination.
12:36 a.m. There's a traffic jam getting out to the poolside deck. Turns out Clint Eastwood and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu are engaged in a deep conversation in the doorway.
12:43 a.m. Tilda Swinton, in a grand black-and-white polka dotted gown, is reclining on a couch underneath the palm trees with the Okja crew. She’s lying next to director Bong Joon-ho, while Paul Dano sits opposite. As soon as disco hit “Ain’t No Stoppin’ us Now” comes on the whole crew starts dancing in their seats.
12:54 a.m. Model Liya Kebede – who has changed out of her show-stopping Paco Rabanne red carpet dress into a more low-key pants and jacket outfit – is spotted exchanging bisous with French fashion icon Charlotte Gainsbourg, who is rockin’ a sexy Saint Laurent vinyl mini.
12:56 a.m. The Chopard crew is on the dance floor with spokeswoman Petra Nemcova and CEO Caroline Scheufele. Nemocova is twirling with her cape – making for some epic pics.
1:03 a.m. With her back turned away from the action, Kendall Jenner is spotted sitting on a banquette overlooking the sea taking in the view … of her phone.
1:10 a.m. Tilda Swinton hits the dancefloor for disco hit “Got to Be Real” before she’s overheard saying she’s heading out soon.
1:23 a.m. Mary J. Blige, who has been holding court on a banquette next to the pool, gets up to bop to Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Starting Something.”
1:30 a.m. Prince’s “1999” is playing, and while most guests are grooving on the dance floor, Al Gore and girlfriend Elizabeth Keadle are sharing a slow dance on the deck overlooking the ocean.
1:37 a.m. Tilda Swinton is overheard saying “I don’t know about this DJ” about one second before The Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I go Now?” comes on. She lets out a shout and rushes to the dance floor.
1:40 a.m. Kendall Jenner is still on her phone.
1:42 a.m. Adam Sandler asks Ted Sarandos to take pics of him and wife Jackie. Sarandos complies, being ever the professional and standing on his tip toes to shoot down. Everyone looks thinner that way!
1:45 a.m. Adam and Julianne start grooving to Daft Punk and Pharrel’s “Get Lucky” as a last dance before Julianne leaves.
1:50 a.m. After chatting with a friend, Kendall Jenner checks her phone.
1:57 a.m. Where did Adrian Brody come from?
2:09 a.m. Kendall Jenner makes her move towards the door, with some impressed guests spotting her. She graciously poses for an awkward selfie with four fans.
2:17 a.m. Smoke suddenly fills the courtyard and guests file to the edges of the party. It’s not a stunt for the dance floor, it seems a cigarette has smouldered one of the specially-branded pillows, but order is quickly restored.
2:20 a.m. Tilda’s back! Or never left, dancing to The Jackson Five’s “ABC” with juror Maren Ade and The Walking Dead’s Stephen Yeun.
2:33 a.m. The Uber chariot has arrived, and it's time to say au revoir to the Hotel du Cap. We think we spot Tilda still on the dance floor …
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