But who was getting amorous at the after show party?
Screenings in Cannes start at 8.30am and, since the parties kick off at midnight and go on to around 6am, if you’re doing it properly, you shouldn’t count on getting any sleep at all. Perhaps this explains why Cannes audiences are famously emotional, giving standing ovations if they love a film, and dramatically storming out if they hate it – with no reaction in between.
Well last night’s screening of Bright Star went down well, with three rounds of applause before it had even started. Director Jane Campion is a favourite of the festival, having become the only woman to ever win the Palme d’Or for The Piano in 1993.
Bright Star tells of the romance between the poet John Keats (Brideshead Revisited’s Ben Whishaw) and Fanny Brawne (Australian actress Abbie Cornish).
It’s beautifully shot with a gorgeous cast, but don’t expect fireworks – there are more poetry recitals than passionate embraces.
‘One of the amazing things about their story is the innocence of it,’ Ben Whishaw told marieclaire.co.uk. ‘It’s sensuous but there’s also a reserve about it, a respect that you don’t often see today.’ Bless.
Eva Longoria was on the red carpet at the film’s premiere, in a show-stopping Atelier Versace gown and Yves Saint Laurent Tribtoo platforms that gave her a lift, but she still looked tiny next to her basketball player husband, Tony Parker.
After the premiere, Abbie changed out of her Toni Maticevski gown and into a pair of jeans before heading to the Belvedere vodka party at the Hotel 3.14 with boyfriend Ryan Phillippe. The impossibly gorgeous couple canoodled while watching a live set by Debbie Harry alongside the likes of V V Brown, before heading back to their hotel. An acclaimed film at Cannes and a gorgeous Hollywood boyfriend? Some girls have all the luck.
Report by Rosamund Witcher in Cannes