Saturday, February 05, 2011
Pink Carpet-chic at the 18th Annual Film Français Trophies !
The crème-de-la-crème of France’s film biz came out in full force for the pink carpet of Le Film Francais’ 18th annual Trophees awards ceremony Thursday night in Paris.
God of Carnage director Roman Polanski joined Of Gods and Men helmer Xavier Beauvois and Gallic industry deities like ex-EuropaCorp superproducer Pierre Ange Le Pogam, Why Not Productions’ Pascal Caucheteux and MK2 topper Nathanael Karmitz for a swank ceremony and dinner at vast Parisian modern art museum le Palais de Tokyo.
While Roman P wasn't very loquacious (Me: "How's the God of Carnage shoot going?" Roman: "It's going very, very well." Me: "Can I come?" Roman: "No."), he and I had a nice chat before I mingled with the many A and B-list French celebs and media giants present. French actresses Elsa Zylberstein, Melanie Doutey, Jeanne Balibar and sister of Heartbreaker star Vanessa Paradis, Alysson Paradis lit up the already bright pink carpet as star of Bertrand Tavernier’s The Princess of Montpensier Raphael Personnaz joined fellow actors Zinedine Soualem, Guillaume Canet and Philippe Lefebvre for a media-heavy photo call and hour-long schmoozefest before taking their seats for the ceremony and dinner. The Trophies award for best director-producer duo went to Beauvois and Why Not Productions’ producers Caucheteux and Sorlat for Of Gods and Men.
“Of course I didn’t expect it,” Beauvois told me of the success of the film. He added: “I was hoping for 1 million tickets sold once in my career because it’s the symbolic box office number here, but three million is just unbelieveable.”
So does Beauvois expect victory at the upcoming Cesar ceremony? “I want to win at least one,” he said.
TF1’s Audience Award went to romantic comedy Heartbreaker, directed by Pascal Chaumeil who also took home the best first film award. If you haven't seen this movie, it's a fabulous Frenchified romantic comedy. It's even showing on Air France so next time you're crossing the Atlantic, make sure to watch it. The Romain Duris-Vanessa Paradis (aka Mrs Johnny Depp) "Dirty Dancing-inspired scene is amazing.
Here's a video of my pink carpet coverage (in French!) with Roman and friends :