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CANNES — It’s wedding season and, perhaps taking a cue, the women have been wearing white at the Cannes Film Festival, which opened last week and runs through Sunday. Cameron Diaz strolled the red carpet for the premiere of “Shrek 2” in Louis Vuitton; Sofia Coppola celebrated the opening night’s showing of Pedro Almodovar’s “Bad Education” in Chloé and Jennifer Aniston stood by her man, Brad Pitt, at the gala premiere of “Troy” in Atelier Versace. Meanwhile, Pitt’s co-star, Diane Kruger, took the wedding cake: a baby blue tiered Chanel gown.

Penélope Cruz got into the act in an off white, off-the-shoulder cocktail dress by Christian Dior accessorized with a white beret. Cruz has gotten rave reviews for her new film, “Non ti muovere” (“Don’t Move”), in which she stars as an ungainly Albanian girl who haunts the memory of a doctor with whom she had a brief encounter. Though critics have compared her performance to Charlize Theron’s in “Monster,” she showed up in Cannes looking incredibly chic. Even so, Cruz couldn’t hitch a ride: Apparently, she walked to her own premiere, without a car or an entourage. That’s how bad the traffic is.

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Though most of these actresses are loaned their clothes — Elizabeth Hurley and Uma Thurman have been trotting around in Dior and Angelina Jolie wore a custom-made Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo to the “Shrek 2” premiere — Kyra Sedgwick, in town with husband Kevin Bacon for “The Woodsman,” buys them herself. “Don’t you just love that?” Sedgwick said Sunday at a candlelit dinner for the movie, hosted by Motorola, in the elegant white building at 2 Croisette. “I’m having the best time changing 10 times a day.” She switched from a Dolce & Gabbana number to a Vera Wang gown to the chiffon Alexander McQueen blouse and tuxedo pants she donned for that night.

The next stop that evening was the “Kill Bill Vol. 2” post-party, which started at midnight and took place at La Baoli, sponsored by the yet-to-open London club Kabaret Prophecy. Dennis Quaid, Quentin Tarantino, Coppola and Vincent Perez were among the throng, but Thurman and Daryl Hannah didn’t show up until 2:30 a.m. The late night hours don’t seem to bother anyone in Cannes, and — believe it or not — there was even a post-post “Kill Bill” party at Thierry Klemeniuk’s Villa Man Ray that began at 2 a.m. None of the cast managed to make it. There was only Adrien Brody, reprising his role as ubiquitous party-boy from last year’s festival, though this year he had an entourage in tow.

As for Sofia and Quentin, their ambiguous coupling continues. Since showing up at the opening ceremony premiere of “Bad Education” arm in arm, they’ve also been seen at the “Kill Bill” after party, holding court in separate white VIP tents. Coppola was off to vacation with friends in Provence. Tarantino is sticking around in Cannes.

“This year has been a whirlwind,” said a representative for Coppola. “It’s time for her to put her feet up.”

— Marcy Medina

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