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Cannes Film Festival

cannes film festival

cannes film festival

I need a break from reality. And a movie just won’t do. No, I need to immerse myself in a scene so detached from reality, so glamorous, so enclosed, where I wake every morning surrounded by perfection in food, nature, people, where there is no such thing as boredom, where I wake up and see Angie and Brad eating their continental breakfast just across the room from me.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I’m heading to Cannes this year via cheap flights to Paris or maybe even just straight to Nice (have you seen the crazy cheap fares they’re offering!!!)  for the film festival from the 11th to the 22nd. Of May. But as most of you know, Cannes in May is a little booked so I’m going to be smart about this. I’m booking my trip for Sunday the 8th of May through the 12th. With those dates, I‘m sure to find a hotel room somewhere on the Croisette, the super swanky main drag of Cannes that basically curves along the sea. You’ve all seen it, right? Whenever they’re doing an interview with one of the stars under a tent with the sea in the background, it’s on the Croisette. It’s also where all the restaurants are, and where the festival sets up.

So off I go on my booking, wish me luck. So I want to be in the center of things. I want to open my curtains with the push of a button and be able to see the mega yachts lined up before me, I want to see the blue and white tents, the cameras, the stars sipping their café au laits.  I go to hotels.com and plug in my dates, and horreur of all horreurs, every hotel on the Croisette is booked except, wait, the Cap d’Antibes hotel has one room left at $1250 a night. Alright, fine. Maybe I won’t look out my window and see Angelina. Maybe the coast will be clear rather than cluttered with super yachts. I move further down the coast to a little hotel that looks so perfect,  so exactly like I dream Picasso would have lived, the Hotel Saint Valerie on the water in Antibes for a mere $200 a night. Here the water sparkles and there’s even a pool, but it all feels like you’re staying at Picasso’s place for the weekend.

hotel sainte valerie

hotel sainte valerie

hotel sainte valerie

hotel sainte valerie

Now as you may have guessed, I am a film buff, so my primary goal will be to get into screenings. Tree of Life, Brad Pitt and Sean Penn’s new film just announced it’s participation, there’s also a new Woody Allen film, so Hollywood will be there. When it’s not, no offense to the rest of the world, but it’s nowhere near as much fun.

red carpet

red carpet

As soon as I’m booked I contact the film festival to try and get a schedule of the screenings and that’s when I got the worst news ever. Apparently the entire thing is closed to the public. So unless I mug someone for the ID, I’m locked out.

So how to get around that detail?

·Cinéma de la Plage

cinema de la plage

cinema de la plage

First things first: Head to the Cannes Tourism Office and get the schedule and tickets for the Cinéma de la Plage. This is a huge outdoor film screen, where you can bring a baguette, cheese and your very own bottle of wine and watch films on the beach at Plage Mace as evening falls. On the program are films from the Out of Competition section, as well as Cannes Classics and it’s supposed to be a magical experience, not to mention great people watching.

  • Get the Souvenir

Want to show off your so-called ‘attendance’ this year’s festival? Tents set up around the Cannes Film Festival grounds are the places for special souvenirs, like t-shirts, posters, mugs and the like. The official shop is opposite the Majestic Barriere Hotel Check out the map of the Film Festival site.

angelina brad cannes

angelina brad cannes

  • Celebrity Spotting at Cannes Film Festival

Trust me-forget staying at the Carlton, you don’t have enough money or clout. BUT what you can do it try for a table in the Carlton Restaurant. Or go for a drink at the Carlton Bar. Or  if there’s no space, just wait outside the hotel and wait for the celebrities to appear.

Beyonce, Jay-Z, Elton, you name it, they hang out on the luxury yachts that fill the harbor or are anchored just out in the bay. Throw a towel down sack in front of them and you’ll likely see them. They come ashore daily. Also check out the schedule and find yourself a good spot at the barricades near the red carpet entrances into the main theaters.

And then of course there’s the Cote D’Azur which happens to be more beautiful, more timeless than any movie or celebrity especially by bright pink scooter! Yep for $40 a day you can rent a scooter and the coast is super accessible.

  • Get Out of Cannes

Antibes

antibes

antibes

Here you have the Picasso Museum, housed inside the Château Grimaldi built on the former Greek Acropolis in the 16th century. It was bought in 1925 by Antibes municipality, restored, and became a Museum. Picasso was invited and stayed there 6 months in 1946, working. When he left, he gave all the work he did there to the museum, which was then renamed the Picasso Museum.

Stop for lunch in the small, perfectly original town of Antibes. Where you can eat outside and watch the port of the largest super yachts in the world and during this time they’re all here. From Saudi sheiks to Microsoft billionaires, they dock here in the hop of luring celebrities. See they’re not as different as they seem.

Check out Picasso’s pottery studio in Valluris where he worked for twenty years playing with clay.  His pieces are totally whimsical and unique.

Villefranche

Villefranche-sur-Mer

Villefranche-sur-Mer

Here’s a town on the water, so sleepy, so incredibly beautiful, they don’t even know the festival is happening. Don’t miss out on taking a stroll around the small fishing port, the walkway leads into town and right past a chapel painted by Cocteau for the fishermen of the village. The town runs straight up the hill, and you will feel transported when you climb the cobbled steps under always burning lamps.

Cap Ferrat

Continue on your scooter through this town where only people with names like Rothschild have homes. Boats bob in crystal clear waters, bakeries offer baguettes and roads are quiet. During the off-season, this small seaside town feels like France in the fifties.

St. Paul de Vence

saint-paul

saint-paul

Although you’ll have to take a bus or taxi here, this is the hilltop village made famous by its restaurant La Colombe D’Or once owned by Yves Montagne and Simone Signoret. Here the restaurant and bar are filled with drawings on napkins by the greatest artists of last century. Here they came to drink, to paint and were always given room in exchange for a drawing.

Just down the road is the Foundation Maeght for some of the most remarkable art of the last century, set on rolling green hills with views of the sea.

Cannes Tourist Office
Palais des Festivals
1 bd de la Croisette
Tel.: 00 33 (0)4 92 99 84 22

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