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BIRTHDAY BASH: The closing night of the Cannes film festival came with a glamorous moment thanks to Uma Thurman, in town for a special screening of “Pulp Fiction,” held on the town’s beach the night before, celebrating the film’s 20th anniversary and its win of the Palme d’Or in 1994.
Thurman accentuated her statuesque silhouette with a white Marchesa gown featuring a neckline evoking an exotic bird’s wings.
After waltzing down the red carpet accompanied by Quentin Tarantino, the duo gave away the coveted Palme d’Or to Turkey’s Nuri Bilge Ceylan for his drama “Winter Sleep.”
“This is a beautiful coincidence,” said Ceylan, reminding the festival’s guests of this year’s 100th anniversary of Turkish cinema.
Jane Campion, the jury’s president, praised the film, a story of a family running a hotel in the Anatolian mountains, for its “beautiful rhythm à la Chekhov” and its “sophistication.” “I was a bit scared,” Campion divulged, referring to the film’s length (3 hours, 15 minutes), but she said: “It took me in. It was so masterful. I could have stayed for another couple of hours.”
Sophia Loren, dressed in a lightly sequined black gown by Giorgio Armani, handed Italian director Alice Rohrwacher the Grand Prix for “The Wonders.”
“Oh, Marcello,” the Italian diva sighed, glancing at this year’s poster featuring Marcello Mastroianni. “I shot 13 film with this signore in the dark sunglasses,” she quipped.
Absent from the festival’s award ceremony, Julianne Moore won best actress for her role in David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars,” a satirical take on Hollywood, in which she plays a fading star opposite John Cusack and Robert Pattinson, while Timothy Spall charmed the jury with his portrayal of British painter J.M.W. Turner in “Mr. Turner,” directed by Mike Leigh.
Paz Vega, who delivered a stellar performance as Maria Callas in “Grace of Monaco,” was no wallflower either as she took to the stage to present “Leviathan,” a Russian film about corruption, with best screenplay.
Vega wore a sculptural dress by Ralph & Russo, featuring a giant black flower on her shoulder.
The Jury Prize went to 25-year old Canadian director Xavier Dolan, whom Campion referred to as “a real genius” for “Mommy,” a film exploring the relationship between a difficult teenager, his mother and their female neighbor. Another prize went to 83-year old Jean-Luc Godard, the notorious co-founder of the Nouvelle Vague, for “Goodbye to Language,” an “unexpectedly modern film,” as the jury’s president put it.
Dolan, sporting a jazzy blue tux, was clearly disappointed; he was hoping for the main trophy. “You have to dream big,” he confessed during the press conference following the ceremony.
Bennett Miller scooped best director for “Foxcatcher,” starring Channing Tatum, in Armani, in the role of Olympic wrestling champion Mark Schultz and Steve Carell as his paranoid coach.
Other guests included Aymeline Valade in Dior and Natasha Poly in Vionnet.