MADS MEN: After dressing Brad Pitt for the “Killing Them Softly” premiere at the Cannes International Film Festival earlier in the week, Balenciaga scored another mighty men’s wear hit at the event’s wrap up on Sunday night by dressing Mads Mikkelsen, winner of the best actor award for his performance in Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Hunt” in which he plays a kindergarten teacher falsely accused of child abuse. The Danish actor, who wore a sharp black tuxedo designed by Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquière, told journalists he plans to keep the trophy in his kitchen, where he likes to hang out.

With rain putting a damper on much of the festival, particularly for the gown wearers, the event’s Dior-clad mistress of ceremonies, Bérénice Bejo, in her opening speech said: “As long as filmmakers make each film as if it were their last and as long as audiences live each film as if it were their first, nothing will stop cinema — and certainly not the rain.”

Romanian actresses Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan, who star in Cristian Mungiu’s “Beyond the Hills,” jointly won the best performance by an actress award, while the Palme d’Or went to Michael Haneke for his film “Amour,” which stars iconic octogenarian French actors Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva.

 

Speaking at a press conference after the ceremony, jury member Jean Paul Gaultier, who wore a long black skirt paired with a classic jacket and tie, expressed his admiration for the actors. “I truly admire and love them…they are giants in French cinema. They had an incredible connection in the film and for me made the biggest emotional impact out of all the movies that we saw,” he said. “I cried a lot. It was at that moment that I realized that being a member of the jury is not so easy because you have to go through a lot of strong emotions, it really hurts,” added Gaultier, who, flanked by his fellow jury members – including Ewan McGregor and jury president Nanni Moretti – looked thoroughly at home in the film world.

 

When the designer was asked by a journalist which film he thought had the best costumes, British director Andrea Arnold, who was also on the jury, interjected: “I think that’s a really stupid question,” before unleashing her wrath. “Jean Paul is a really intelligent man who has really passionate feelings about film and I’ve got to know him over the last two weeks and it’s not just about clothes,” she said before confessing that she was slightly tipsy. “Sorry, but I really get mad about that because he’s really passionate about what he cares about in film and you should just forget that. I just want to stop that silly thing about clothes.”

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