Cannes 2009: The build up…

13 May 2009


Cannes kicks off TODAY and - credit crunch or not - it's looking good on the glamour front. So the Vanity Fair party has had to be cancelled, and maybe some of the Champagne won't be vintage (mon dieu!) but who needs endless hospitality budgets when you've got...

The big question
As in: will Brad Pitt walk the red carpet for his new film Inglourious Basterds (yes, really) and will Brangelina put on a united front? Or will Brad do Cannes sans Angie, seemingly putting the official stamp on their split?

The ultimate frock off
We love that Cannes has that certain je ne sais quoi when it comes to style. It's always more faswhan and experimental than some more ‘prom queen' Los Angeles efforts (aka The Oscars). With fashionistas including Lily Cole, Penélope Cruz, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Vanessa Paradis working the red- carpet, there are sure to be some gorgeous gowns on show. But who will be the style queen? We'll be working it out...

The fashion legend
No matter which hot young designer wins the war for red-carpet media attention, Cannes 2009 will be Chanel's year. The festival is to be closed by this year's second film about the designer's life – Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky. It's star, Anna Mouglalis, is a former face of Chanel Allure Sensuelle perfume and muse to Karl Lagerfeld. In other words, she's guaranteed to embody Gallic chic on the red carpet.

Must see movies
Where do we start? We can't wait to see Pedro Almodóvar's Broken Embraces Penélope Cruz is bound to sizzle. Keats biopic Bright Star is also hotly tipped, starring young Brit actor Ben Whishaw, while Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds sees Brad Pitt play a disgraced World War II soldier. Ang Lee's 1969 comedy Taking Woodstock will get us in the mood for festival season, while – out of the competition – we can't wait to see Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus, Heath Ledger's final film – the movie that Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law famously stepped in to finish after the actor's death.

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