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Cannes Diary: Rain on the Cannes Parade

From left: Actors, Ryo Kase, Tadashi Okuno, director Abbas Kiarostami and actress Rin Takanashi pose during a photo call for ‘Like Someone in Love’ at Cannes on Monday. (AP/Lionel Cironneau)

Rain, rain, rain on the Cannes parade is making it a stressful festival for many, especially since everything in Cannes means waiting in line. The rain does not improve efficiency, or comfort: Two screenings in a large tent were canceled because organizers were afraid the tent might collapse. Then, 200 soaked journalists waited in the rain for 45 minutes to get into the screening of Abbas Kiarostami’s most recent film, Like Someone in Love. Once inside, they were treated to air conditioning blowing on their feet from underneath the theater seats. A chilly reception, to be sure.

Lest you think the weather has made us all grumpy, some films have garnered warm reception. Big hits so far: definitely Michael Haneke’s Amour. A switch in style from his White Ribbon, the film features Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant. An emotional 20-minute standing ovation ended the Amour screening.

Some other celebrity-watch tidbits:

The actor Sean Penn is here for a benefit for the victims of Haitian earthquake. In a press conference, Penn said that the “whole f------ world abandoned Haiti.” At the benefit gala, which raised $1.5 million for the cause, Penn delivered an expletive-ridden monologue, calling politics “a f------ smoke screen.” Penn later said he might have been under the influence of vodka.

Jane Fonda, who is here as an ambassador for the beauty company L’Oreal, said she didn’t even care about make-up and hair before she was 35. “Even the Klute shag haircut was more about the demise of my marriage to Roger Vadim than style,” she told reporters.

Designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, who is serving on the Cannes Festival jury this year, says he chooses movies based on their posters. That’s how he discovered My Beautiful Launderette. Gaultier says he particularly likes the films of Trufaut, Godard and Pasolini, Fassbinder, the first Star Wars and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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