As Gael García Bernal, Isabelle Huppert, Joana Preiss and Ludivine Sagnier mingled, some were in a nostalgic mood.
"Cannes is like meeting up with the family," said Juliette Binoche.
"My favorite Cannes moment has to have been for the premiere of 'The Leopard' [in 1963]," said Claudia Cardinale, recalling how she had posed with a real leopard on the beach.
But many were living in the moment. "I must say that being a member of the jury is pretty unbeatable; it's been a constant flow of caviar, Champagne and diamonds," said Maggie Cheung. "All of the previous times I've been here, I've had to work my ass off."