In the name of Nouvelle Vague, Stefano Pilati, Leith Clark, Clémence Poésy and Maggie Cheung braved airport-level security checks at the American ambassador’s residence in Paris Thursday night for a screening of a new buffed-up version of Jean-Luc Godard’s “Breathless,” produced by Studio Canal.
Before lights went down, guests gathered in the gilded Samuel Bernard salon or on the rain-splattered terrace to admire the gardens. Prepared for the elements, Cheung had donned a black mac and “rain shoes” (dapper plastic loafers by Melissa). Rodarte’s Laura and Mulleavy, who with sister Kate partnered with Studio Canal to design the movie’s poster and T-shirts – modeled a pair of Eiffel Tower studs she’d bought from a tourist shop next to the Angélina tea salon earlier in the day. They hadn’t yet started to itch. “I have very sturdy ears,” joked Mulleavy, who revealed her fetish Nouvelle Vague heroine to be Agnès Varda. Pilati chose for his hero “Breathless” lead, Jean-Paul Belmondo, while Poésy, who said she’s working on a film about Joan of Arc, saluted Jean-Pierre Léaud.
Awed by the idea of viewing a cult classic in such a special setting, guests emptied their glasses and filed into a mint and silver ballroom to find their seats. “It looks like a seminar’s about to take place or a school assembly, it’s quite cute,” giggled Cheung. “And the fact that we’re seeing a film together that we’ve all seen before, but maybe never on a big screen, is quite nice – especially after a couple of glasses of Champagne.”