Cate Blanchett breaks fashion mould at Cannes

Also, America Ferrera and the dress diver; Harvey Weinstein promotes three films at Cannes; and stars show solidarity with Turkey miners.
Cate Blanchett attends the premiere of How To Train Your Dragon 2 at the 67th Cannes International Film Festival. Andreas Rentz / Getty Images
Cate Blanchett attends the premiere of How To Train Your Dragon 2 at the 67th Cannes International Film Festival. Andreas Rentz / Getty Images

The Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett broke the fashion mould with panache at Friday’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 screening at Cannes, in a multicoloured, bejewelled bodice and a chic black, pleated, floor-length chiffon skirt by Givenchy. The colourful, tropical plume embellishments on the bust, taken from an autumn-winter 2014 ready-to-wear look by Riccardo Tisci, also nicely mirrored the dragon theme of DreamWorks’ latest animated feature, for which she lends her vocal talents.

Ferrera and the dress diver

A man rushed onto the red carpet at the Cannes International Film Festival and dove beneath the actress America Ferrera’s dress. Security officials quickly pulled the man away as he tried to hide under Ferrera’s voluminous dress before the Friday premiere of How to Train Your Dragon 2. It was a surprising development on a red carpet renowned for its strict decorum. Yet Ferrera didn’t seem ruffled on the carpet and was in good spirits at the movie’s after-party. The former Ugly Betty star was on her way into the Palais des Festivals for the world premiere of the DreamWorks animated sequel.

Weinstein’s slate

Harvey Weinstein’s annual Cannes presentation promoted films featuring a buff Jake Gyllenhaal, a Shakespearean Michael Fassbender and an old-school Bill Murray. Touting forthcoming releases to buyers and media, the Weinstein Co co-chairman previewed footage on Friday that included a fiery Fassbender as the lead in a stylish Macbeth (no release date yet). He also showcased a lean, muscular Gyllenhaal in training scenes from the currently in-production boxing drama Southpaw. In St Vincent De Van Nuys, which hits cinemas in October, Murray appears to be in broad comedic form as an outlandish neighbour to a young boy he reluctantly mentors.

Solidarity with Turkey miners

The stars of the Turkish film Winter Sleep are showing their solidarity for those affected by a mining tragedy at home as they promote their film in Cannes. The actors and director held up signs with the hashtag Soma during their photo call on Friday for the movie. Soma is the Turkish city where at least 284 people were killed last week in a fire in a coal mine, the country’s worst mining accident. There has been an outcry of anger and protests from the public, some of whom blame the government for not taking action to correct alleged safety problems in Turkey’s mines. Winter Sleep, by director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, is a family drama starring Haluk Bilginer, Demet Akbag and Melisa Sözen.

Published: May 17, 2014 04:00 AM

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