The month of May sees visitors to the French Riviera pack their stylish best for a number of high-profile events including Cannes Film Festival 2017 and Monaco Grand Prix 2017.
If you’re looking to find the latest designer looks, then follow these top events in the next week for a glamorous window into luxury fashion and lifestyle.
Saturday 20 May 2017 : Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards – InterContinental Carlton, Cannes
This exclusive event founded by entrepreneur and designer Andres Aquino is the sister event for Couture Fashion Week New York.
The evening will take place in the stunning InterContinental Carlton at the heart of the Croisette with a red carpet, Champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception followed by a gourmet dinner. There will be fashion shows by designers Andres Aquino, Lucian Adulari, Jeanne Jean, GSA Couture, Hany El Behairy, Tjasa Skapin, DiDomenico Designs and Duonvlang.
The Global Short Film Awards, established in 2015, recognizes excellence in short films under 15 minutes long in a variety of subjects. Filmmakers can submit their films in 2D and/or 3-D format in one or more subject category. An awards presentation will take place for the winning short films listed here:
2017 AWARD WINNING FILMS
Best 3-D Film: Last Day of War (Russian Federation)
Best Action Film: Asphyxia (Italy)
Best Animation: The Vast Landscape (Singapore)
Best Beauty Film: Efímera (Spain)
Best Comedy Film: Must Escape (Ukraine)
Best Dance Film: Platform 13 (Japan)
Best Drama Film: Save (Germany)
Best Fantasy Film: Mr Dentonn (Spain)
Best Fashion Film: Bunny (Serbia)
Best Music Film: Crude Furie (Russian Federation)
Best Nature Film: Zion (USA)
Best Romance Film: Hugo (UK)
Best Sci-Fi Film: A Shadow of Dara (Bulgaria)
Best Social Concern Film: Mother (Georgia)
Best Special Effects: Light Sight (Iran)
Best Travel Film: Redwood (USA)
Best Young Talent: Grace Wethor, ClockMaker (USA)
Festival Director’s Choice: ClockMaker (USA)
Special Awards: Best Actor. Best Actress. Best Film. Best Director. Top Model. To be announced at the event.
Another highlight of the evening will be a diverse international selection of live entertainment, music and dancing. Scheduled performers include Melissa, Balkan Trip, Rebecca Nuez, Stella Matteoni, Kaja Pecnik, Valeria Florencio, Nikolay Gladskikh, Raghunath Manét, Princess Angeline Monet and more.
Tuesday 23 May 2017 : Tiffany’s Red Carpet Week Cannes Fashion Extravaganza – InterContinental Carlton, Cannes
Season 2 of Tiffany’s Red Carpet Week Cannes Fashion Show Extravaganza will take place at the 5-star InterContinental Carlton and present 9 Designers from England, Dubai, Italy, India, France, Hungary, Nigeria, Singapore and the United States.
Founded by designer Tiffany McCall, Red Carpet Fashion Week Cannes is a spectacular production of fashion, beauty and music.
The famous Emirate Fashion Designer and Goodwill Ambassador Mona Al Monsouri will open the show with her Haute Couture Collection followed by 8 divine International Designers. There will also be a Fashion Exhibition by the Designers’ Collections during the event for all of the guests to buy their collections.
The event will offer music performances, French cuisine, Champagne and free VIP gifts and offers for international clients from beauty sponsors L’Oreal’s Redken, Champagne Römerhof, Divas Fabulous Beauty Products, Gold Energy and Carmen Steffens.
Getty Photos are available at the show for VIP guests by Consort PR, with global coverage by Luxe.TV and live streaming by Stephanie Cansell via Periscope. The event is hosted in collaboration with the Raindance Film Festival and 2 Bulls on the Hill Production.
Thursday 25 May 2017 : amFAR Cinema Against Aids Gala Night 2017 – Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Cap d’Antibes
The premier event for A-listers during Cannes Film Festival, the amfAR Annual Cinema Against Aids charity gala night is the unmissable party of 2017.
Produced by AAB Productions / Andy Boose, the 24th edition is sponsored by Harry Winston and Bold Films (Presenting Sponsors), Moët and Hennessy, Persol and Renault (Signature Sponsors).
amfAR Cinema Against Aids 24 will be chaired this year by Nicole Kidman, Harvey Weinstein, Jessica Chastain, Pedro Almodóvar, Eva Longoria, Dustin and Lisa Hoffman, Diane Kruger, Milla Jovovich, David Lynch and Carine Roitfeld with Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole joined by Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby.
There will be music performances from Rita Ora and XX alongside two special parts of the amfAR Cannes 2017 evening which are the charity auction and runway show.
amfAR Cannes 2017 charity auction
The charity auction will bring together members of high society, film and entertainment stars and prominent business people to bid on a range of exclusive artworks and luxury items.
This year, the auction features :
A week on board superyacht Serenity
A 1958 Jaguar XK150
1950 Jaguar XK150 (image: amfAR)
A 7-night stay at the Finolhu Resort in the Maldives for up to 60 guests with access to the 10Ak Beach Club
A Hennessy • 8 piece with eight-ring decanter of Baccarat crystal with a chest of oak from Hennessy’s cooperage, as well as a 4-night stay in Paris and Cognac for 2 people including flights, accommodation and local transfers
A Faberge-inspired velvet armchair – the Egg Number 1, Versailles – with Swarovski crystals, 24-carat gold and a Baccarat crystal dome filter designed by French interior designer and artist Jonathan Loubens
The Egg Number 1, Versailles by Jonathan Loubens (image: amfAR)
A set of 10 signed and numbered portraits of the Golden Age of Hollywood by George Hurrell
Stunning sculptures by JR, Vasily Klyukin, Laurence Jenkell
amfAR Cannes 2017 fashion show
Carine Roitfeld will again stage the supermodel runway show with original designs from top global designers themed around the Golden Age of Hollywood and bedecked in jewels by Harry Winston. Keep your eyes out for appearances from Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski and Irina Shayk,
Video below courtesy of amfAR:
Friday 26 May 2017 : Amber Lounge Fashion Show – Le Méridien Beach Plaza hotel, Monte-Carlo
The hottest ticket for the international jet set during the Monaco F1 Grand Prix are the VIP events hosted by Amber Lounge.
The Amber Lounge Fashion Show opens the festivities on Friday 26 May with a world famous runway viewing – the only catwalk to have F1 drivers, their wives and girlfriends and F1 television presenters as the models.
F1 drivers Fashion Show at Amber Lounge (image: Amber Lounge)
This year, the headline designer is SAFiYAA showcasing the AW17 collection and original pieces for the show, with the F1 drivers dressed in Apsley Tailors and the ladies of F1 presenting beautiful Italian designer silk scarves by Silviya Neri.
Le Méridien Beach Plaza is the venue for Amber Lounge Fashion Show (image: Amber Lounge)
As well as the highly anticipated Amber Lounge Fashion Show, a charity auction will feature one-of-a-kind items such as a personal Champagne pack from Hatt & Soner, racing photos donated by Sir Jackie Stewart and a framed painting by Arunas Rutkus. Sir Jackie Stewart’s charity, Race Against Dementia, is the chosen charity this year with bids raised going to this great cause to raise awareness and fund research.
The charity event is followed by a sumptuous dinner and entertainment at the Amber Lounge with top DJ’s and live acts.
Access Riviera is proud to be a Media Partner for Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards 2017, Tiffany’s Red Carpet Week Cannes 2017 and Amber Lounge Fashion Show 2017
The 70th edition of Cannes Film Festival (Festival de Cannes) will start next week in Cannes and run from 17 to 28 May 2017.
The Cannes Film Festival is one of the French Riviera’s biggest events and a major Festival for both film industry attendance and appearances by the world’s A-listers.
The 70th Cannes Film Festival 2017 will be one of the biggest events on the French Riviera
WHY VISIT THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2017?
The Cannes Film Festival is famous worldwide and sees the most exclusive parties, eclectic people and luxury brands all merge into one frenzy of film-fuelled decadence in one of the Cote d’Azur’s most popular destinations.
For first-timers and casual tourists, it is exceptional for people-watching and you really do see all walks of life during the duration of the Festival.
Global journalists, photographers and television presenters ensure that the fashion, celebrities, charity events and films are filling media columns daily – aside from the glitz and opulence during the Festival, there are also the less glamorous side stories and un-newsworthy tales of cantankerous door staff, road closures, bar and restaurant staff with egos to rival a Palme d’Or and paparazzi crowding the Croisette.
Cannes Film Festival red carpet is highly anticipated for the fashion and celebrities
Cannes is used to luxury lifestyles (enter stage left the superyachts at Vieux Port and high-end boutiques along the Croisette), but Cannes Film Festival throws the definition of ‘luxury’ to the ground and well and truly tramples it. Expect every major luxury brand to fall over themselves for a piece of the action from dressing the beautiful people in the latest red carpet fashion and jewels, to premium supercars, rare Champagnes and every makeup brand Ambassador taking selfies with their ‘favourite’ lipstick for next season.
You’ll see the keenest Festival spectators in their finest suits and gowns outside the Palais des Festivals with signs such as ‘Premiere, s’il vous plait?’ and others perched on seats and ladders in the hope of chancing a celebrity on the famous red carpet; then immediately after a blacked-out vehicle with police escort will zoom past whisking some unknown passenger to a private soirée.
It’s a place where emerging talent sips cocktails beside established industry players, where having a glass of Champagne at 11am in haute couture is perfectly normal and headliners match hangovers.
Crazy, exciting, magic, super-hyped, bold and beautiful – I will be there again. If you get to experience Cannes Film Festival I highly recommend it!
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2017 GUIDE
I have written this ‘Cannes Film Festival 2017 Guide’ for filmmakers, distributors, producers, film financiers, writers, film school students, international sales agents, press and casual tourists to help you understand the whole event and get value from your time in Cannes. It includes lots of inside tips from living here in the region as well as first-hand knowledge from attending the Festival.
Cannes is a unique opportunity to network with practically every main buyer and seller within film there.
Note: My guide is the only in-depth online guide for Cannes Film Festival that specifically includes information for persons with reduced mobility to enable them to visit Cannes and experience the Festival. I hope you find it a useful resource and kindly share it on social media. If you can’t find an answer within this guide, feel free to contact me here.
Cannes Film Festival Ultimate Guide 2017 by Access Riviera
THE LOW DOWN: HOW TO DO CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2017
First things first, if you’re planning on coming to Cannes Film Festival say goodbye to a good nights sleep. For accredited film industry professionals, media and celebrities, the action starts early – expect breakfast interviews, press junkets from early morning and lunches at the beach restaurants such as Le Plage 45, Z Plage and Carlton Beach.
If you don’t have an invite to the premieres, the same beach restaurants host nightly parties with endless buckets of rosé, Champagne and all kinds of entertainment. They are invitation-only, so unless you’re on the guest list or a plus-one, it’s nigh on impossible to blag your way in.
Getting press accreditation does not mean you’ll be welcomed with open arms because you posted a photo of your favourite A-lister on Instagram; there are around 4,000 global journalists representing 90 countries therefore you’ll be required to submit samples of credited work plus media distribution numbers and your press badge has your photo on it, so sadly it’s not transferable.
A new reception venue, the Terrasse des Journalistes, on the 4th floor of the Palais des Festivals, will be inaugurated on Wednesday 17 May and open to journalists every day from 10 am to 7 pm.
For nightlife, there’s loads of options…..some of the best parties are hosted on superyachts, so keep reading….
Cannes Film Festival 2017 Jury
The aim of the jury is to decide the award winners between the films in competition. The winners will be announced on Sunday 28 May at the closing ceremony, with the presentation of the highly-acclaimed Palme d’Or.
Spanish director, screenwriter and producer Pedro Almodóvar was named Jury President back in January and will be joined by other jurors:
Jessica Chastain (Actress, Producer – United States)
Will Smith (Actor, Producer, Musician – United States
Park Chan-wook (Director, Screenwriter, Producer – South Korea)
Paolo Sorrentino (Director, Screenwriter – Italy)
Gabriel Yared (Composer – France)
The jury of the 70th Cannes Film Festival
Italian actress Monica Bellucci will succeed French actor Laurent Lafitte in her 2017 role as the Mistress of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
Romanian director, screenwriter and producer Cristian Mungiu will preside over the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury. Mungiu shared last year’s Best Director Award for his film ‘Graduation’ (the award was shared with Olivier Assayas for his film ‘Personal Shopper’). Mungiu also won the Palme d’Or in 2007 with his feature ‘4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days.’ His ‘Beyond the Hill’ went on to win screenplay and actress prizes.
U.S. actress Uma Thurman and French actress Sandrine Kiberlain were previously named as presiding over the festival’s Un Certain Regard and Camera d’Or juries.
Cannes Film Festival 2017 : Full list of films
When does the red carpet action actually happen? For visitors and tourists hoping to see celebrities on the red carpet, the action outside the Palais des Festivals happens twice nightly at 7pm and 10pm when the Jury watch the films in competition and the industry stars show up.
Cannes Film Festival red carpet
The Festival is split into three main events, each with their own schedules – the Festival de Cannes, Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs; this is a budget-friendly way for the public to see a film) and Critics’ Week (La Semaine de la Critique).
Included in this are screenings for Un Certain Regard, Cinéfondation, and Short Films In Competition. Entr’2 Marches runs alongside the main Festival from 21 to 26 May 2017 and screens short films with the themes of disability.
Cannes Film Festival is well known for its politics – the naming of the jury and awards always comes with debate. This year, the official poster was slammed for photoshopping and Festival organisers have said they’ll ban Netflix from entering the films in competition next year unless an agreement is reached on French theatre release.
Regardless, here is the line-up for 2017:
Opening film – out of competition Les Fantômes d’Ismaël (dir: Arnaud Desplechin)
Competition (BPM) Beats Per Minute (dir: Robin Campillo)
The Beguiled (dir: Sofia Coppola)
The Day After (dir: Hong Sang-soo)
A Gentle Creature (dir: Sergei Loznitsa)
Good Time (dirs: Benny & Josh Safdie)
Happy End (dir: Michael Haneke)
In the Fade (dir: Fatih Akin)
Jupiter’s Moon (dir: Kornél Mundruczó)
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (dir: Yorgos Lanthimos)
Redoubtable (dir: Michel Hazanavicius)
Loveless (dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev)
The Meyerowitz Stories (dir: Noah Baumbach)
Okja (dir: Bong Joon-ho)
Radiance (dir: Naomi Kawase)
The Square (dir: Ruben Ostlund)
Wonderstruck (dir: Todd Haynes)
You Were Never Really Here (dir: Lynne Ramsay)
Un Certain Regard Barbara (dir: Mathieu Amalric) – opening film April’s Daughter (dir: Michel Franco)
Beauty and the Dogs (dir: Kaouther Ben Hania)
Before We Vanish (dir: Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Closeness (dir: Kantemir Balagov)
The Desert Bride (dir: Cecilia Atan and Valeria Pivato)
Directions (dir: Stephan Komandarev)
Dregs (dir: Mohammad Rasoulof)
Jeune Femme (dir: Léonor Serraille)
L’Atelier (dir: Laurent Cantet)
La Cordillera (dir: Santiago Mitre)
Lucky (dir: Sergio Castellitto)
The Nature of Time (dir: Karim Moussaoui)
Out (dir: György Kristóf)
Walking Past the Future (dir: Li Ruijun)
Western (dir: Valeska Grisebach)
Wind River (dir: Taylor Sheridan)
Out of competition Based on a True Story (dir: Roman Polanski)
Blade of the Immortal (dir: Takashi Miike)
How to Talk to Girls at Parties (dir: John Cameron Mitchell)
Visages, Villages (dirs: Agnès Varda & JR)
Midnight screenings A Prayer Before Dawn (dir: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire)
The Merciless (dir: Byun Sung-hyun)
The Villainess (dir: Jung Byung-gil)
Special screenings 12 Jours (dir: Raymond Depardon)
24 Frames (dir: Abbas Kiarostami)
An Inconvenient Sequel (dir: Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk)
Carré 35 (dir: Eric Caravaca)
Claire’s Camera (dir: Hong Sang-soo)
Demons in Paradise (dir: Jude Ratman)
Le Vénérable W (dir: Barbet Schroeder)
Napalm (dir: Claude Lanzmann)
Promised Land (dir: Eugene Jarecki)
Sea Sorrow (dir: Vanessa Redgrave)
They (dir: Anahita Ghazvinizadeh)
Top of the Lake (TV – dir: Jane Campion)
Twin Peaks (TV – dir: David Lynch)
Top of the Lake (Photo Credit: Parisa Taghizadeh)
Zombillénium (dir: Arthur de Pins and Alexis Ducord)
Virtual reality Carne y Arena (dir: Alejandro G Iñárritu)
A Ciambra (dir: Jonas Carpignano)
Alive in France (dir: Abel Ferrara)
L’Amant d’un Jour (dir: Philippe Garrel)
Bushwick (dirs: Cary Murnion & Jonathan Milott)
Cuori Puri (dir: Roberto de Paolis)
The Florida Project (dir: Sean Baker)
Frost (dir: Sharunas Bartas)
I Am Not a Witch (dir: Rungano Nyoni)
Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (dir: Bruno Dumont)
L’Intrusa (dir: Leonardo Di Costanzo)
La Defensa Del Dragón (dir: Natalia Santa)
Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (dir: Mouly Surya)
Mobile Homes (dir: Vladimir De Fontenay)
Nothingwood (dir: Sonia Kronlund)
Ôtez-moi d’un Doute (dir: Carine Tardieu)
Patti Cake$ (dir: Geremy Jasper) – closing film
The Rider (dir: Chloé Zhao)
Un Beau Soleil Intérieur (dir: Claire Denis) – opening film
West of the Jordan River (Field Diary Revisited) (dir: Amos Gitai)
Competition Ava (dir: Léa Mysius)
La Familia (dir: Gustavo Rondón Córdova)
Gabriel and the Mountain (dir: Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa)
Makala (dir: Emmanuel Gras)
Oh Lucy! (dir: Atsuko Hirayanagi)
Los Perros (dir: Marcela Said)
Tehran Taboo (dir: Ali Soozandeh)
Special Screenings Sicilian Ghost Story (dir: Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza) – opening film Brigsby Bear (dir: Dave McCary) – closing film Bloody Milk (dir: Hubert Charuel)
A Violent Life (dir: Thierry de Perretti)
For a copy of the screenings guide for Cannes Film Festival 2017, you can download it here.
ROBIN WRIGHT: at the opening of Cannes Classics on Thursday 18 May in the Buñuel screening room at 8 PM, the actress, producer and now director will come to present her first short, The Dark of Night, homage to film noir. It will be followed by the screening of the restored copy of Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz, winner of the Palme d’or in Cannes in 1980.
CLINT EASTWOOD, who was President of the Jury in 1994, and will be in Cannes from 19 to 21 May. On Saturday 20th May at 4:45 PM, he will be at the Debussy Theatre to present the restored copy of Unforgiven, which is celebrating its own 25th anniversary at the Festival with Warner. The following day, he will inaugurate the 70th ANNIVERSARYMASTERCLASS with a discussion in the company of American critic Kenneth Turan, in the Buñuel screening room at 4 PM.
KRISTEN STEWART: after starring in the last two years in the films of Woody Allen and Olivier Assayas and winning a Best Supporting Actress Cesar, the young American actress will come to present Come Swim – her first work as a director – on Saturday 20 May at 6:45 PM.
On Monday 22 May, the Debussy Theatre will host a TRIBUTE TO ANDRÉ TÉCHINÉ. The French director, who was a member of the Feature Film Jury in 1999, has presented 11 films in the Official Selection since 1975, including 6 in Competition. His new film, Nos années folles, will be screened to mark the occasion. Those who have accompanied him in his movies throughout the years will be present.
JANE CAMPION, who presided the Feature Film Jury in 2014 and remains to this day the only female director to have garnered a Palme d’or for The Piano in 1993, will present her latest work on Tuesday 23rd May, Top of the Lake: China Girl, which she co-directed with Ariel Kleiman.
Finally, in memory of the immense ABBAS KIAROSTAMI, winner of the 1997 Palme d’or for Taste of Cherry, who died on 4 July 2016, there will be a screening of his posthumous film 24 Frames. The session will take place on Tuesday 23 May in the presence of his friends and his son Ahmad Kiarostami.
ALFONSO CUARÓN, a member of the Feature Film Jury in 2008, director, producer and screenwriter, will also give a Masterclass, in the company of film critic Michel Ciment on Wednesday 24th May at 4:30 PM in the Buñuel screening room, during which they will discuss his career in Hollywood and Mexico.
DAVID LYNCH, 1990 winner of the Palme d’or with Wild at Heart, Best Director in 2001 with Mulholland Drive and President of the Jury in 2002, will return to the Festival to present Season 3 of Twin Peaks on Thursday 25th May at 7:30 PM in the Grand Théâtre Lumière.
Throughout the Festival, ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU, the visionary director of Birdman and The Revenant, and winner of the Best Director for Babel, will present his 6 minutes 30 seconds film Carne y Arena, an immersive experience within an incredible Virtual Reality installation.
First in, best served
The first weekend at Cannes Film Festival is traditionally the busiest and the first week is most preferred by buyers of film distribution rights at Marché du Film as attendance usually dips in the last few days of the Festival. So, in essence go early to secure the best chance for industry success.
For first timers, there are various accreditation types to gain access to the ‘salles’ (cinemas) screenings, pavilions and events ranging from Festival Accreditation, Market/Marché du Film, Producers Network, Cinéphiles, Press accreditation and pricey Market passes on the day.
The Market / Marché du Film
Marché du Film is the biggest film market in the world with thousands of screenings and over 12,000 attendees buying, selling and financing film.
Registration includes a hefty Marché guide with contact information for around 5,000 registered companies, access to the Official Selection of the Festival and Marché du Film screenings, company listing on Cinando.com and access to reserved areas for industry only.
The Short Film Corner is run by the Marché from 22 to 28 May – it is important to mention that Short Film Corner is not part of the Official Selection of short films.
The Producers Network and Producers Workshop are hosted under the Marché umbrella. Producers Network is reserved for producers who have recently produced feature films and focuses on networking sessions to develop their projects. The Producers Workshop is aimed at producers who want an introduction to the international market and provides practical sessions with tips for pitching, co-production and financing.
NEXT is part of the Marché and a venue for meetings and workshops. It aims to highlight alternative forms of storytelling so it’s no surprise that VR has crept up in the programme with a dedicated mini theatre to watch registered VR projects.
Don’t miss the Mixers – a series of cocktail events for Market badge holders invited in accordance with the theme. Three cocktails target the key players in documentary, genre cinema or festival and sales agents; hosted at Plage des Palmes.
The Palme d’Or
The Palme d’Or is the highest award at the Cannes Film Festival, awarded to the best film in competition from the Official Selection.
Since 1998, the trophy has been crafted annually at the Chopard workshops in Meyrin near Geneva, it takes 7 craftsmen around 40 hours for the process including injecting fair mined certified gold into the mould and mounting it to the rock crystal pedestal.
Cannes Film Festival Dress Code
I’m often asked what the dress code is during Cannes Film Festival. Unless you’re attending industry events, if you’re visiting Cannes in the day, smart casual is fine but in the evenings party attire is more acceptable.
Climate wise, the weather in May can be variable and alternate between hot days to rain so be prepared for all seasons!
For industry, smart casual during the day is fine but the evening is reserved for invitation-only events and gala screenings and you should dress appropriately. For the In Competition screenings, the dress code is black tie/evening wear (and your invitation will usually advise of this). Men, this means a tuxedo and ladies an evening dress. No visible brand labels emblazoned on clothing.
A special mention for the ladies: The Croisette is paved but you should be aware that Cannes has many cobblestoned streets and pavement surfaces such as marble tiles (i.e slippery!) so wear comfortable heels and invest in those genius anti-slip sole grips. You will thank me later.
What To Bring To Cannes Film Festival
Plenty of business cards. Mobile/charger and adaptors. Laptop / Pocket PC if you’re doing press. Sunglasses. Travel umbrella. Info from the main trades so you don’t hassle buyers who aren’t looking for new projects. Mints. Paracetomol and eye drops to ward off tell-tale hangover signs.
Don’t bring pages of screenwriting; people are too busy rushing between workshops, screenings and parties to read anything.
Read the Festival Daily distributed each morning at the Palais entrances and the guides from main trades as they detail key events and screenings.
Cannes Film Festival 2017 Party Guide
Cannes Film Festival throws some epic parties and everybody always wants to know where the hottest parties during Cannes Film Festival 2017 will be!
Cannes Film Festival has a number of high-profile parties at exclusive venues such as the stunning Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc
If your intention is to come to Cannes to gate-crash parties, then be aware that it is not as easy as the gossip magazines lead people to believe. Access is usually very restricted; the expense to host a party during Cannes Film Festival runs from €50,000-upwards for a few hours on the beach so invitations are selective.
Hotels and private events will check your accreditation pass and you will often need your business card and/or I.D. Press may not be guaranteed access; check first with each venue. Due to the security in place, if you book a private driver to/from a Croisette hotel, they may need authorisation from the Mairie (Town Hall) to pick you up and drop you off.
Parties at Cannes Film Festival 2017
One of the most star-studded events to attend every year is the amfAR Cinema Against Aids charity gala night which is hosted at the beautiful Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc on the Cap d’Antibes. This year, the amfAR night will be on Thursday 25 May. Every supermodel, producer, actor and member of high-society attends – here’s a video of last year’s amfAR event:
Here is a round-up of some of the other parties and top places to socialise during Cannes Film Festival 2017:
Wednesday 17 May – On the opening night, from early evening until late at night, Cannes Film Festival offers a welcome party to greet the Festival attendees and the press. The party will take place on the Plage du Majestic (Majestic beach) as well as on the Agora, with live music by the Fantasy Live Experience Orchestra and DJ Daddy Ryton.
Wednesday 17 May – Chopard’s ‘Glittering Prizes Exhibition’ presented by Chopard and Vogue featuring photographs of actresses and models on the Cannes red carpet.
Wednesday 17 May – L’Oréal at CanalPlus beach for open-air cinema
Wednesday 17 May – Swarovski party at Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc hosted by Nadja Swarovski with special guest Naomie Harris.
Wednesday 17 May – Nikki Beach, Gotha Club and Baoli Cannes opening nights
Thursday 18 May – Magnum Beach party for Magnum x Moschino with special guest Cara Delevingne and featuring Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott.
Thursday 18 May – Mouton Cadet Wine Bar opening event.
Thursday 18 May – Rihanna Loves Chopard collection.
Thursday 18 May – Salute to Akiro Kurosawa media event and panel discussion at the Majestic.
Thursday 18 May – L’Oréal at CanalPlus beach for open-air cinema with Susan Sarandon’s ‘Thelma & Louise’.
Friday 19 May – Jeffrey Katzenberg Gala night in the Grand Salon of the InterContinental Carlton, a dinner for the film industry professionals present in Cannes. On this occasion, a tribute will be paid to American producer Jeffrey Katzenberg.
Friday 19 May – L’Oréal at CanalPlus beach for open-air cinema with Elle Fanning.
Friday 19 May – Mouton Cadet Wine Bar ‘Global Gift’ evening with Eva Longoria and Maria Bravo.
Friday 19 May – Charles Finch Filmmaker Dinner with Jaeger LeCoultre : Paolo Sorrentino will be feted at this cocktail party followed by dinner event and awards ceremony. Also on view: Series 3 of Finch’s “The Art Of Behind The Scenes” photography exhibition.
Friday 19 May – Chopard’s SPACE party under the big top at Port Pierre Canto with headline act Bruno Mars.
Saturday 20 May – At the Agora, the “Dinner of the Festivals” will reunite 150 directors of the greatest film festivals in the world.
Saturday 20 May – VIP Pool Party at Chateau Savant hosted by SmokexMirrors and Mia Moretti
Saturday 20 May – L’Oréal at CanalPlus beach for open-air cinema with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Sunday 21 May – Villa Golden Gate will host a Jamie Reuben and Michael Kives’ dinner with Arnold Schwarzenegger to celebrate Jean-Michael Cousteau’s Wonders of the Sea 3D, followed by a party hosted by CAA.
Sunday 21 May – Netflix party at Villa St George.
Sunday 21 May – Hollywood Foreign Press Association party at Nikki Beach with special guest Jake Gyllenhaal in aid of the International Rescue Committee.
Sunday 21 May – L’Oréal at CanalPlus beach for open-air cinema with Andie MacDowell’s ‘Sex, Lies and Videotape’.
Sunday 21 May – Private villa luncheon hosted by Three Six Zero and Champagne Armand de Brignac.
Sunday 21 May – Festival de Cannes and Kering Women in Motion Awards Dinner.
Monday 22 May – La Plage Royale luncheon (supported by YouTube) for the world premiere of Elton John: The Cut, followed by a screening and Q&A with the singer.
Monday 22 May – The annual Trophee Chopard event at Hotel Martinez.
Monday 22 May – L’Oréal at CanalPlus beach for open-air cinema with Eva Longoria’s ‘Lowriders’.
Tuesday 23 May – The 70th anniversary dinner at the Grand Théâtre Lumière. Under the presidency of Isabelle Huppert, the stage will feature screenings, edited archives and film extracts, musical interludes and presentations by artists. The traditional anniversary dinner will bring together all the major figures at Cannes that evening, including many artists who have won the Palme d’Or, or have left their mark on the history of the Festival.
Tuesday 23 May – Top of the Lake: China Girl pre-party in partnership with Grey Goose at Versini and special guestsElisabeth Moss, Nicole Kidman and the cast of ‘China Girl’.
Tuesday 23 May – Queer Night Party at the American Pavilion hosted by John Cameron Mitchell.
Tuesday 23 May – Timothy White x Julian Lennon soiree benefiting amfAR with a DJ performance by the Misshapes, Decora and Andrew Mancilla at Chateau Savant.
Tuesday 23 May – de Grisogono Dinner + After Party Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc
Bella Hadid at the de Grisogono party in 2016
Wednesday 24 May – Chopard Gents Night with Annabel’s at Hotel Martinez.
Wednesday 24 May – The Members Club at La Plage Royale is the venue for this charity event, Cinemoi Presents: Cannes Film Festival Fashion Charity Gala, that benefits Children United Nations. Revelers will be treated to a special fashion show straight from the runway of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tokyo, presented by designers Keiichiro Yuri and Adolfo Sanchez. With performances by Maria Conchita Alonso, Ricky Rebel and American Idol’s Trenyce Cobbins.
Thursday 25 May – In the Grand Salon of the InterContinental Carlton, the Press Dinner will gather 250 international journalists and critics present in Cannes.
Thursday 25 May – The Haas brothers private reception to benefit The Art of Elysium by 1stdibs and Chateau Savant.
Vanity Fair Dinner
Naomi Campbell Birthday party
Horyou Charity Event
Villa Schweppes will feature performances by Atom, Breakbot & Irfane, Busy P, IAM, Kungs, Laurent Garnier, Para One and more!
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How to get tickets to Cannes Film Festival parties
Some ways to get tickets to these parties include buying a ticket through registered sales agents such as Experience The French Riviera and Boutique Luxury International, approach the national pavilions at the Festival for an invite to their parties (for example, American, British, Canadian etc), make friends with publicists and PR agencies and try your luck with the door bouncers.
Of course, Cannes sees a flotilla of superyachts cruise into the region for May as many celebrities stay on for Monaco Grand Prix too. If you’re not lucky enough to have booked a yacht charter for Cannes, you can try and grab an invite to some of the most spectacular parties hosted on board including Paul Allen’s incredible themed yacht party and Leonardo DiCaprio’s yacht party.
Port Vauban in the yachting hub of Antibes is now under new management and will host a schedule of events throughout the Festival with a Champagne bar from Perrier-Jouet, exclusive wine tastings from Riviera Wine, a whisky and cigar lounge, vodka and caviar tastings, drive-in cinema with vintage cars and fashion shows on the IYCA. You can see the programme of events here: http://events.vauban21.com/dynamics/EVENTS%20PROGRAM%200205.pdf
Cinéma de la Plage 2017
Each year, Cannes Film Festival shows free films at an open-air cinema on the beach for the public and you can see Cannes Classics and out-of-competition films.
The Cinéma de la Plage is easy to find – it is held at Plage Macé which is the public beach beside the Palais des Festivals and opposite the Majestic Barriere Hotel. You can’t miss the giant screen set up on the beach!
Look for the scaffolding and sound system on the beach, you can’t miss it! (Cinema de la Plage, Cannes)
Various festival ‘how-to’ websites and the Cannes Office du Tourisme will tell you to reserve in advance, but it’s not necessary – entrance is free and you don’t have to show a physical ticket.
Films are listed as starting at 9pm but usually commence from 9.30pm nightly. The deckchairs are limited, so show up early if you want one (many people arrive before 7pm). If you miss out on a deck chair, take a picnic blanket to sit on the sand. There are no food facilities, but you are able to take a picnic; glassware and glass bottles are not permitted so leave the bottle of rouge for another time. Please respect the environment and take all your rubbish away with you.
The front row chairs are often reserved for film industry execs and often the Hollywood stars show up, so keep your eyes open for surprise guests!
It may be warm and sunny during the day, but Plage Macé can get chilly at night especially if there is a mistral blowing. Take warm clothes and rain protection as the entire zone is uncovered.
The nearest public toilets are located on the Croisette just past the children’s play ground, they are usually open late during the Cinéma de la Plage screenings.
Access notes: Persons with reduced mobility can access the beach at the Cinéma de la Plage site via a concrete ramp on the right-hand side at the entrance, there is no specific area set aside for wheelchairs but there is plenty of room for you. Accessible toilets are just past the public toilets by the children’s playground; look for the silver automated cubicle, access is by a 50 centime coin.
The Cinéma de la Plage schedule for 2017 is:
Thurs 18 May: All About My Mother by Pedro Almodóvar
Fri 19 May: Bugsy Malone by Alan Parker
Sat 20 May: Saturday Night Fever by John Badham
Sun 21 May: No movie just a free concert from -M- Matthieu Chedid
Mon 22 May: Bad Boys by Michael Bay
Tues 23 May: Missing by Costa-Gavras
Wed 24 May: Chariots of Fire by Hugh Hudson
Thurs 25 May: Film & concert DJAM by Tony Gatlif
Fri 26 May: Weekend at Dunkirk by Henri Verneuil
Sat 27 May: Un 32 août sur terre by Denis Villeneuve
Information points with directions and information about the Festival and Marché are located at various spots in the Palais and at the entrances to Riviera and Pantiero; look for the info points signalled by a yellow ‘I’.
A luggage cloakroom is located at the Barrière Bistingo (near the Casino Croisette) and open most days until at least 5pm.
Lost property is at the Gare Maritime (the port building next to the Palais) and open until 6pm.
Download the free bilingual (English and French) mobile application ‘Festival de Cannes’ available for iPhone, iPad and Android to stay updated with hour-by-hour coverage, film trailers, videos from the red carpet and more.
Radio Festival will be broadcast on the official Festival de Cannes website and mobile app and will also be available on Deezer. And you can catch up with previous broadcasts on podcast platforms (iTunes, SoundCloud). The radio studio will be located within the Festival enclosure and accessible to passing visitors.
The most popular option to arrive in Cannes is via train or bus. Central Cannes and the zones around the Palais and Croisette are flat and paved, and the distance from the train station or main bus station to the Croisette is only a few minutes walk.
If you’re driving, be aware that the large carparks nearby and under the Palais des Festivals are extremely busy. There are road closures frequently during Cannes Film Festival (particularly on the Croisette) and police will block roads for major stars entry and exits from hotels and restaurants.
Public transport schedules at night are limited and taxis are expensive; I highly recommend you to pre-book a transfer before you decide to stay out late. If you miss the last train/bus, don’t fret – you will not be the only Festival attendee doing the ‘walk of shame’ in the wee small hours of the morning.
Specialised transfers to/from Cannes
Helicopter transfers are by far the quickest way to get to Cannes from Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, book via Azur Helicoptere. For bilingual English and French private chauffeured transfers, book via registered driver Djamel Bouzidi.
By train to Cannes Film Festival
The Cannes train station (Gare de Cannes SNCF) has ticket counters with attendants, but it is very easy and much quicker to buy your train tickets from the self-service ticket machines.
The self-service machines have English language as an option so you don’t need to be fluent in French to use them. Use coins for the self-issuing machines as they can be temperamental and often they can’t read non-French issued credit and debit cards.
If you are in Cannes for the Festival, rather than buying single fares get a ‘ZOU ! Hebdo’ pass. This is a train ticket valid for 7 consecutive days and gives you up to 75% fare discounts, they are available to tourists or residents. You must specify your origin and destination point – for example, Antibes to Cannes. TER SNCF, the regional train provider have a ton of fares including discounts if you’re under 26 years of age.
ALL tickets must be validated before boarding your train, look for the yellow validating machine (compostage de billets) at the entrance to the platforms.
Cannes train station has caféterias, a newsagent selling newspapers, phone credit, cigarettes as well as vending machines with snacks. There are also high tables with connections for tablets and smartphones.
Well-maintained and clean public toilets are located just outside the station, 50 metres along from the station entrance. These toilets are open Monday-Sunday 8am-9pm (excluding bank holidays), these toilets cost 50 centimes and you insert your coin into the automated turnstile and it opens the gate. There are 2 ladies toilets, 2 men’s toilets and an accessible parent’s room with baby changing facilities. There is a change machine there to swap notes for coins but it is often out of order so don’t rely on it or there being an attendant available.
Access notes: Persons with reduced mobility can contact ONET Accueil in the main hall of Cannes train station (service available Monday through to Sunday 7.30am-7.30pm) where they can assist passengers with luggage and access on and off trains. All interior facilities of the main train station including the public toilets are on flat ground and accessible.
Buses to and from Cannes Film Festival
From Nice Côte d’Azur Airport to Cannes you can take the following bus routes:
Express bus 210 line (between Nice Côte d’Azur Airport and Cannes via the highway)
Bus 200 (between Nice and Cannes)
Noctambus 200 (the night bus for weekends and bank holidays)
Bus 210 is the fastest bus from the airport, the journey from Terminal 1 to Hôtel de Ville close to the Palais takes just under one hour.
Bus 200 is a local bus and is particularly busy during peak hours with limited luggage storage on board. The journey takes around 1.5 hours for the full oneway journey from Nice to Cannes, but it is by far the cheapest option at €1.50 oneway.
The Cannes bus stops are the Gare Routiere (near Hôtel de Ville, the port and close to the Palais), and outside the train station (the 200 stop is opposite Hotel Ligure).
If you are staying in Le Cannet, Palm Beach and Mandelieu-La Napoule, local company Palm Bus will run night buses during the Festival. Their main website is in English, French and Italian with maps and timetables. For the timetables for the night buses during Cannes Film Festival, download them here NightbusesPalmBus
Access notes: Buses have kneeling ramp entrances and designated wheelchair areas midway on the bus. On bus number 200 there is lighted signage and sound calls advising of the next bus stop to assist hearing and sight-impaired travellers as well on board visual route maps. Wheelchair bound travellers also have an on demand service for regional buses called Access06 whereby you can pre-book a designated minibus ; more information is here (in French only) https://www.departement06.fr/accessibilite-des-transports/service-access06-4020.html
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
If you’re not invited to a party with free food and booze, don’t be put off from a few sundowners or a meal out in Cannes for fear of going home bankrupt. Here are Access Riviera’s recommendations for places to go for decently-priced food and drinks, good atmosphere or a true Cannois experience:
L’Epicurieux, 6 rue des Frères Casanova
A wine bar with excellent antipasti platters as well as pasta, salads and steak. The café gourmand is great and they regularly have live music.
Rue Hoche is full of caféterias and restaurants so take your pick for somewhere to grab a coffee, drink or meal. I highly recommend Da Laura on the corner of rue Hoche and rue du 24 août.
The Palace Hotels
All of the bars at the Palace hotels on the Croisette are very good. My favourite is the terrace bar at the InterContinental Carlton, and Bar L’Amiral at Hôtel Martinez is also excellent with award-winning barmen.
Bar L’Amiral at Hôtel Martinez is one of Cannes best bars
I can’t mention food in Cannes without telling people to go to Marché Forville. Fruit, vegetables, cured meat, seafood – this market has it all which is great for grabbing supplies for snacks or DIY dinners.
If you’re staying in a self- catering apartment, Marché Forville is surrounded by a couple of supermarkets, a boulangerie (bakery) and a few fancy shops selling caviar, salmon and foie gras. Try the socca or sit for a drink at one of the many bars and restaurants.
The market is open every day from 7am-1pm, except on Monday when it is a bric-a-brac flea market.
Access notes: The entire market is accessible and on flat paved ground. There is an accessible ground-floor toilet at Café de l’Horloge next to the market.
Croisette 72 a.k.a The Gutter Bar
Most popular during Cannes Lions, Croisette 72 is the proper name of the infamous Gutter Bar just across the road from the glitzy Hotel Martinez. This is one of the places to go at the end of the night during Cannes Film Festival where late night shenanigans morph into early morning shenanigans. Drink, network, be merry, repeat.
Le Tikawa, Allées de la Liberté
Just a few minutes from the Palais opposite the port, Le Tikawa is a snack kiosk selling tasty decent-sized salads, paninis and cold beers.
It’s by no means plush, just merely a few tables and chairs beside the pétanque pitch, but it is one of the best places in Cannes to have a quick bite to eat – all for a snippet of the price at neighbouring restaurants.
Access notes: Fully accessible on flat ground. Nearest accessible toilet facilities are automated pay toilets in the square.
Le Petit Majestic, corner of rue Tony Allard and rue Victor Cousin
Le Petit Majestic has fame as being one of the Festival’s swarming watering holes to drop by late at night. The owner has traditionally kept it open around the clock, closing for just one hour daily during Festival to allow for cleaning but this year he has a restriction and must close by 12.30am. It’s fairly certain this won’t deter Festival attendees.
Le Petit Majestic – a Festival favourite for pre and post-event drinks
Ma Nolan’s Pub, 6 rue Buttura
Irish pub Ma Nolan’s gets a lot of Festival foot traffic due to it’s location close to the Palais. They’ve had a bit of an issue with slowness of orders if you sit outside due to lack of staff, but the atmosphere is pretty good and if you’re not in a major hurry it remains one of Cannes best pubs. Head along for tap beers, pub food, live music, and screening of football on TV. www.manolans.com
Access notes: Ma’s is fully accessible outside with tables on flat ground, however there are stairs up to interior of the bar and toilet facilities.
Ma Nolans – one of Cannes best pubs
I get quite a bit of feedback that the WiFi in and around Cannes venues is dubious and erratic, it’s a real shame because the city is competing with other global destinations for festivals and events. I have heard various explanations about network overloading due to attendee numbers, but for a major event it’s inexcusable in my opinion to have third-rate connection problems. The Palais and pavilions have WiFi zones but elsewhere in Cannes here are some places to find WiFi. If you go to any of these places to use their signal, please be courteous and buy a coffee/drink/meal:
Cristal Café on rue Felix Faure
Factory Café at the Gray d’Albion shopping arcade
La Potinière du Palais on square Merimee
Le Melting Pot at rue de la Rampe; the opposite side of the port from the Palais des Festivals
Mocca which is directly opposite the Palais des Festivals
New York New York on Allée de la Liberté Charles de Gaulle
Wifi in Cannes
WHERE TO STAY DURING CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2017
During Cannes Film Festival, accommodation prices increase dramatically with the most expensive accommodation lining the Croisette. If you want to book anything centrally located in Cannes you need to be prepared to pay top dollar.
The benefit of accommodation closer to the Festival is you have the option to return to your room/villa/apartment and save time when getting ready for other events. Staying further away you’ll have to commute, but you will save money for accommodation. Bear in mind, that over 60,000 people descend on Cannes so if you’re planning to get taxis to and from your accommodation you need to book in advance.
Staying in satellite suburbs and other nearby towns and commuting can be a more financially feasible option for many Festival attendees. Possibilities include Mandelieu la Napoule, Cannes La Bocca, Le Cannet, Golfe Juan, Juan les Pins or Antibes.
Accommodation during Cannes Film Festival 2017
I highly recommend Festival attendees to book through reputable sources or if you use third-party sites always verify their booking process and read some reviews.
Unfortunately, the Festival brings fraudulent companies to the scene who contact prospects with bogus offers using the logos of the Festival, Marché du Film and Palme d’Or so as to seem authentic accommodation providers. The fraud is often not discovered until the time of check-in when the reservation, company and payment are no longer to be found. Result = no refund and no reservation.
Check, check and triple check the authenticity of your accommodation source. French-registered rental businesses should have a physical address, contact details and a SIRET or SIREN number (business registration).
Overseas accommodation representatives should email you full booking details including local contact numbers, so take the time to check everything before transferring deposits or full payments.
Some fraudulent company names to avoid that have duped Festival goers in previous years include:
Business Travel International
Expo Travel Group
Global Living Group
The Ultimate Living Group
Universal Events Solutions Limited
If you’ve left your Cannes accommodation until the last minute, check with the Office du Tourisme at the Palais des Festivals as they often have updated information on hotel availability and partner hotels give them last minute rates to fill rooms.
THINGS TO SEE & DO IN CANNES
If you are not an accredited Festival badge holder, you can still visit Cannes and enjoy the atmosphere. Here are a few local tips of things to see and do during Cannes Film Festival 2017:
Cannes connection with film goes beyond the 12 days that the Festival will be hosted; there are a number of film-related sites to visit around town.
At the base of the Palais des Festivals, you can see the ‘Allées des Étoile’s du Cinema’ which is a trail of handprints from film stars. Unfortunately, there are no plaques with information to match the handprints but you can grab a few photos of Angelina Jolie, Sylvester Stallone, Jodie Foster or Sophia Loren’s hands.
Access notes: Fully accessible on paved flat surface.
Allées des Étoiles, Cannes
As well as the handprints, Cannes has a series of film-themed murals scattered around the city on walls of buildings. The most prominent one is right near the port at the Gare Routiere bus station. The murals include Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin and cars from films.
Access notes: Fully accessible on flat paved surfaces.
Two new murals were added recently at Pont Alexandre III of Pulp Fiction and the Piano.
Outside of Festival time, it is one of the best seafront promenades on the Côte d’Azur but ‘La Croisette’ is undeniably the hub of all the action during Film Festival.
It is a supremely entertaining strip of road to visit with an eclectic variety of people found there during Film Festival – hardy tourists, wannabe stars with their own ‘rent-a-photographer’ escorting them, men in tuxedos at 9 a.m, champagne swiggers at beach clubs, and every dressed-up fashionista in town strutting along with the chance to be snapped by any one of the many photographers.
Stroll along the Croisette and you will see all of the promotional billboards at the entrances and on the façades of the hotels. Security is tight for all the hotels, but you can join the spectators and paparazzi crowding the road frontages for free. The top hotels for star spotting are the Hotel Martinez, InterContinental Carlton and the Majestic Barrière.
For families who are visiting, there is a small public playground with fairground area and carousel (fee applies) near to the Palais, and another small public playground at the other end of the Croisette before Port Pierre Canto. All of the kiosks along the Croisette sell ice-cream, snacks and drinks.
Access notes: The Croisette is paved and flat all the way from the Palais des Festivals to Port Pierre Canto, and there are accessible public toilets along the Croisette.
‘Games, Chance & Cinema’ at Palm Beach Casino
Situated at the far end of the Croisette, the legendary Palm Beach Casino was built in 1929 and welcomed all the jet set personalities including stars from the world of cinema.
It will be closing soon to move to Hotel-Casino 3.14 in Cannes and therefore to honour its legacy there will be an exhibition from 150 painters, sculptors, visual artists and photographers on the theme “Games, Chance and Cinema”. The includes works from fine art photographer Justin Gage, Italian painter Giacomo de Pass and French artist Patrick Moya. The 10 Colossi statues have been customised by artists and will be sold at the end of the exhibition.
The exhibition has started already and will run until Sunday 4 June 2017. At the closing of the exhibition, over 400 historic items will be auctioned off at 10am including the roulette tables, chandeliers, a bronze Sphinx statue from the Carlton, photographic portraits of film stars, light fittings, plush armchairs (for just €50!) and a very special Steinway & Sons piano (Lot 166) which has accompanied concerts by Charles Aznavour (a frequent performer at the Moulin Rouge), Louis Armstrong and Django Reinhardt. For the auction lots, see here PalmBeachCasinoAuctionLots
Charming Le Suquet is the Old Town quarter of Cannes, interspersed with terraced stone houses with flower boxes, small alleyways and many restaurants.
To get to the top of the hill where the church is (fee applies to enter the museum Musée de la Castre , excluding the 1st Sunday of the month when entry is free), walk up rue Saint-Antoine, rue du Suquet, and then Traverse de la Tour. The views from the top are excellent and reach across Cannes, the Lérins Islands and the Ésterels.
Access notes: Wheelchair bound or tourists with reduced mobility can still visit the top to enjoy the views, though the streets are steep! Follow rue Saint-Antoine, rue du Suquet, rue du Pré then rue Louis Perrisol. This route follows paved flat roads and avoid the many stairways in Le Suquet. Or jump onboard the Petit Train tourist train that departs from near the Palais des Festivals as it chugs it way up there too.
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