Cannes-Honest Mum

I’ve tried to write this post a couple of times before now but it’s taken until today to fully process what can only be described as an absolutely epic time at the Cannes Film Festival

Cannes-Honest Mum

One of the most famous film festivals in the world, it was the third time I’ve had the pleasure of attending this iconic celebration of film* and it didn’t disappoint…

(*For those unfamiliar with my film work, you can view over on my revamped site here: vpsarias.co.uk)

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…So I’ve been lucky enough to have holidayed in the South of France since I was a child, mostly Nice, Antibes, Grasse and St Tropez so I feel I know these parts well, however no holiday can prepare you for the utter thrill, delight and sheer power of The Croissette in May where even the paparazzi wear black tie (and the dogs too it seems!) with the whole riviera wrapped up in red carpets and A listers as far as the eye can see.

Posing-we did a lot of that! 

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 Told you even the dogs wear tuxes in Cannes!

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Here red carpet-ready with actor friends of mine Angela Dixon and Solveig Haugen.

First and foremost, I feel privileged to have been accredited to attend the festival again and thus able to preview so many touching, thought provoking, utterly mesmerising films, with the stand out film for me being the Italian Incompresa ‘Misunderstood’ (in the Un Certain Regard section) starring Chartlotte Gainsbourg and unflinchingly led by female director Asia Argento.  

Misunderstood film-Honest Mum

This cutting edge melodrama follows young protagonist Giulia Salerno, Aria, 9 abandoned by her fame hungry parents, sister and friends as she attempts with gusto to remarkably find her own way in life, until quite literally, is pushed too far. Heart wrenching at times, humorous at others, Misunderstood was enthralling from start to finish and I urge you to see it as soon as it’s released.

Other highlights were the short films in competition (the star filmmakers of tomorrow), Julianne Moore’s crazed performance as Hollywood dame in David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars and of course the spell-binding Palme d’Or winner Winter Sleep – a Turkish film by director Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

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Whiles there, Amancay Tapia my great friend, (a feature filmmaker and actress) and I also met our film heroes-chatting to iconic directors Quentin Tarantino (even larger in life than I imagined both physically and in personality-sadly no pictures allowed) and the Oscar nominated German director Wim Wenders above, who queued with us to view a film (only in Cannes).

We also stood next to the iconic beauty Sophia Loren (wow!) despite her masterclass being over subscribed, we overhead Harvey Weinstein asking his PA to take notes in the street and walked past Tamara Ecclestone and her beautiful bouncing baby in pink bonnet as we all walked down the Croisette in the sunshine.

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With very cool Italian filmmaking duo above!

It was equally wonderful to meet up with actors and crew I’ve directed through my work as a filmmaker in TV drama and film such as the actress Angela Dixon above and with Sound Designer Vanesa Lorena Tate of Tate Post next to who sound designed my award winning short Broken.

I also connected with new producers, cinematographers and directors and world renowned journalists and film critics (including the very flirty but fabulous Jason Solomons below- and Hollywood Foreign Press Associate Sam Asi-friends with George Clooney no less) with great discussion on my dual careers of blogging and directing…

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Here with the lovely Raj Sharma, producer of new Luke Perry movie: The Beat Beneath my Feet.

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In between films, along with Amancay and another fabulous friend of ours Nicci Topping (features and commercials casting director), we dined on exquisite French food and ice cream (another post dedicated to Southern French cuisine coming soon), held meetings at the gradiose hotels from the Majestic to the Carlton and the Grand Hotel, escaped to the picture perfect beach front when we could and of course, partied ’till our heels could take no more!

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…And in truth that usually meant we partied all night long (and how I loved it) attending at least three parties a night on average and these were definitely not your average parties let me tell you- stunningly catered for, free flowing champagne and cocktails (please don’t hate us) and DJ’s playing under the stars in open air clubs on the beach, yacht parties and sponsored pre film and after parties…well it was Cannes after all, darling!

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Cannes by Night…

…We particularly adored the Grey Goose parties we found ourselves at most nights for low key Parisian chic beats and sugared-lemon vodka cocktails handmade for all.

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I thought I was hilarious trying out the party props! This is what happens post-cocktails!

…I naturally took lots of dresses with me from high street to designer and must thank Fever London for gifting me their stunning Rachelle pencil dress in red (perfect for the festival) which made me feel a million dollars with it’s deep v-neck and flattering body con shape.

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Cannes is always so glam!

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Nice ride!

Fashion TV party

Fashion TV-Honest MumThe Fashion TV party was a little wild!

…So with fabulous frocks on, we were flatteringly not short of male attention and often by handsome French actors and filmmakers to boot…Luckily for me my husband is part French and a stunner inside and out but it would be fair to say the girls and I certainly appreciated the view! Haha!

There is more to tell, so much more but sadly not enough white space to truly illustrate the magic, the joy, the full impact of the Festival de Cannes this year…

…The excitement which builds in the depths of the dark auditorium moments before the films begin and clapping, acknowledgment of what it takes to make a film… the passion of attendees pitching, selling, promoting their ideas, stories, screenplays and finished films, the cinephiles who queue and queue for hours for the love of film, the cast and crew attending premiers, relishing the honour, the prestige…the bright lights, flashing cameras, perfect smiles, timeless style, sheer kindness of the locals, the smell of hot crepes on the croissette, the spectacle framed within the crashing waves beneath the power yachts and dancing sun… the sheer emotion on screen with every single frame, illuminating, transporting us unflinchingly through time and space…it’s hypnotic, enrapturing… a heady hypnotic ‘can’t sleep, don’t want to miss a beat’ Cannes I’ll cherish forever more.

…I hope my pictures will help finish the story I’ve begun…

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Beach cinema by night

Finally, I returned home anxious and excited to see my family again whom I missed so much, feeling stimulated yet relaxed, reconnected and refreshed, having felt I’d captured a little Cannes sparkle just for myself…

What a festival!

 

 

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94 Responses

  1. Jenny

    I love Cannes. But I have never been during the festival and I am so jealous and this has just made me want to go so badly next one. Love all your fashionable outfits. YOu are yummy mummy through and through Vicky! Very lovely. Glad you had such a great time! It looked stunning. Love all the photos. Thank you for linking up to Share With Me. Love your post and your support. #sharewithme

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    • honestmum

      Cannes is incredible, lots of happy holiday and film festival memories there. You have to prove you work in film to gain accreditation into the festival. They accepted my TV contract this time. Press can also receive accreditation. It really is a fabulous festival. Thanks for your lovely comment x

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  2. Fiona @ Free Range Chick

    Ahhh, FINALLY finished reading this post. I could have carried on looking at more and more pictures of you guys having an absolute ball (we don’t hate you). Loved the frocks. I also loved the comedy shot with the bike and I bet there are lots more like that! So glad to see and read that you had such a fabulous time there – well deserved and I’m sure the memories will be well-treasured x

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    • honestmum

      Ha thanks so much darling Fiona, really was very funny and yes there are many silly photos which are on my phone but didn’t make the Cannes ‘edit’! Lovely to be me with my girlfriends and I adored the films and had some fruitful meetings too, really appreciated my time there and was lovely to be back to the family on my return (missed husband and kids) x

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  3. Charly Dove

    Wow wow wow Vicki, what an incredible experience! It must have been absolutely amazing to be back there again, to soak up the atmosphere not to mention enjoy some seriously good parties. You look totally at home and utterly fabulous. Well done lovely #whatsthestory

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    • honestmum

      @Charly Dove thanks darling, it really was so much fun, really do fit in there, thinking we might have move there one day! Love Yorkshire but the South of France is seriously me! xx

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  4. Hayley Goleniowska

    Wow Vicki! I’m so proud of you. What an incredible experience too. I smiled through the whole post, and what do you mean A listers… you ARE our A lister gorgeous lady!

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    • honestmum

      Yes Cannes is nothing like a family holiday, incredible though and I got time to relax alone which was wonderful in between the films and parties x

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  5. Angie

    You looked fabulous in every single outfit!! What an incredible experience Cannes would be. I wouldn’t have recognized anyone!! I don’t watch any tv and haven’t watched a movie (that isn’t a cartoon!!) in years! I would be so out of the loop and outta my league at something like this but you seen right in your element!

    Beautiful pictures thank you so much for sharing.

    Angie from reasons to dress, fashion, real mom street style & living as a North American mom in Italy.

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    • honestmum

      Thank you so much @Angie for your lovely comment, really was a wonderful experience. We currently have Peppa Pig here on a loop so was incredible to have time out to watch European films at their finest! x

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  6. Pinkoddy

    How amazing to be able to keep going to the Cannes Film Festival!
    You look amazing in those outfits too.

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  7. Sophie Lovett

    Looks like you had the most fantastic time! Just been having a nose around your film website – some really great work which I’m going to explore further… I taught media and film for years and really enjoyed making films with kids. All this talk of film is making me miss it! x

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    • honestmum

      Thanks Sophie for your lovely words, fab you used to teach film, I did do and often lecture at uni’s still. Blogging has become my full time career but I’m developing something for telly and will go back to directing probably when the kids are older. Thanks for your comment x

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  8. Emma

    Wow, just wow! 🙂 Looks absolutely amazing, and so do you, loving all the outfits.

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  9. Mama and More aka Zaz

    Faaaabulous post hon! I love Cannes too, it has such a unique energy! You both look amazing and great pictures and post, really convey the whirlwind time you must have had with oodles of glamour and fun. So happy for you! Misunderstood sounds right up my alley, can’t wait to hear more in person! Xxx

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    • honestmum

      Thanks @Mama and More for your comment, so hard to pinpoint the excitment and utter whirlwind Cannes is so glad you felt I did it justice. Really hope we can go together one year, can you imagine the fun xx

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  10. Heather

    I had to scroll through these pictures several times just to admire your amazing outfits! So cute! (I also had to sneak another peek at the doggie – I’m always a sucker for dogs in human clothing!)

    I’m glad you had a great time! (even though I’m jealous too …)

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  11. Becky

    Love this post!

    It looked like you enjoyed the festival to the max and is also amazing to be recognised in your field with accreditation to the event. I work in the film industry myself I hope to one day attend, not just eye the celebs from the peripheries 😉

    Becky xx

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    • honestmum

      @Becky thanks so much, it was lovely to be accredited, this was my third time there and the best yet I think. I’m sure you will be able to attend, I’d strongly recommend it, get your accreditation in early and make it as strong as possible. Thanks for your comment x

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  12. Franglaise Mummy

    I’m so glad you had such a good festival, and that the weather put on a good show for you too! This blog post and your photos take me back…..to our wedding in Cannes and to when we worked with these major hotels when we ran our luxury travel agency on the Riviera and to going to the festival myself. I really am so pleased you had such a fabulous experience 🙂 xx

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    • honestmum

      @Franglaise Mummy thanks darling, I’ve been several times, I wonder if we might have bumped into each other and not realised it pre-blogging. The hotels are simply incredible aren’t they. I always feel so at home in the South of France, think we might have to return again for this year’s family holiday xx

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  13. tinuke

    A-MAZE-ING!! I am green with envy! The films sound divine, the food, the parties, the dresses, the company! Wow! Just Wow!
    So glad you had a great time Vicki!

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  14. Abby Boid

    Thank you for allowing me to live my life via yours 😉 . Looks absolutely fabulous and a long way removed from the soggy south coast of the UK at the mo. Oh, and that dog in the Tux!!!!!

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  15. Hurrah For Gin

    Wow just wow – a whole other world to me. You looked stunning in all the shots but i love the one with you in the hat. Glad you had such an amazing night xxx

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    • honestmum

      @Hurrah for Gin thanks lovely, was an epic few days and we loved every minute, acclimatizing to being back and partying means staying up late and watching Family Guy x

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  16. Jess Paterson

    Wow, what an amazing trip, Vicki! You look so glamorous and it sounds like a total blast from every perspective: career, self, liver-destruction 😉 Well jell! x

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  17. fashion-mommy

    What a fantastic post and a truly amazing experience. I went to Cannes a few years ago, alas not for the festival, and it is a magical place. Have to say your wardrobe is pretty amazing here too.

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    • honestmum

      Thanks so much fashion-mummy glorious place isn’t it. I will be posting a style post on my style blog mummysgotstyle.com tomorrow x

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  18. Cheenu Lott

    Wow ! This looks so classy and fabulous. I just loved this. I only get to know about Cannes festival through newspapers and magazines only, but now, when I read your blog, you made it an alive moment for me. I am really thankful for sharing your experience. Keep blogging !

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    • honestmum

      @Cheenu thanks so much for your touching comment, really appreciate it and so glad I brought the festival to life for you x

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  19. Notmyyearoff

    WOW It looks like it was a brilliant few days – I think I would have walked around permanently star struck by the whole thing. Hope you have a really amazing time, you look fabulous and that hotel looks amazing!

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    • honestmum

      Thanks, so funny have just seen this comment, a year later as I search for images for my ‘away’ post x

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  20. Katie / Pouting In Heels

    A suitably FABULOUS festival darling for a fabulous you! Gosh, the whole experience sounds amazing! It seems you had an absolute ball and who can blame you?! 🙂

    You looked wonderful too – always love red on you. And your friend’s sparkly dress… stunning!

    If you go next year, I demand to be smuggled in your luggage 😉 Mwah Mwah Mwah x

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    • honestmum

      Thanks so much sweetie, we need to make a little film and attend together, it sure was a magical time, thanks for your lovely comments, love a bit of red xx

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  21. brummymummyof2

    Wow wow wow!!! I have looked at your piccys on social media with envy. It looked like you had a truly magical time and I am very jel indeed. What wonderful glamorous memories. And I bet it was brilliant to feel a but unmumsy for a while. What a brill post xxx

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    • honestmum

      Thanks brummymummyof2 it was utterly wonderful and I really appreciated having some me time with friends and colleagues. Missed my family lots but so good to have had that time out to fully absorb the festival x

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    • honestmum

      Thanks Mel, really loved every minute. I managed to grab some with my ‘proper’ camera but often it was too heavy to take out so a few out of focus, champagne-effected phone snaps too I’m afraid x

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  22. Uju @Babesabouttown

    Well i’ve already been soaking up your pictures via social media but fab to read what an outstanding time you had! It does sound like one endless party but I can imagine the film previews must have been incredible too. And to meet Tarantino, did he talk your ear off??? Love the dog in the tux. So very South of France x

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    • honestmum

      Thanks @Uju Cannes knows how to party. We had a brief chat with Tarantino-a lot of energy for sure, I was pretty star-struck! We have to attend a fest together one time, let’s do Tribeca!x

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  23. julesey10

    Fabulous insight into your trip lovely . It looks amazing. Almost as amazing as your glittery peeptoe heels.*swoon*.xxxxx

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  24. julesey10

    Fabulous insight into your trip lovely . It looks amazing. Almost as amazing as your glittery peeptoe heels.*swoon*.xxx

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  25. Muma Leary

    That all sounds truly and totally amazing. Sounds, and looks, like you all had a wonderful time. Will keep my eyes peeled for the films. Xx

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  26. Muma Leary

    That all sounds absolutely, totally fantastic! So pleased you had a great time. There must have been so much going on. Wonderful!

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  27. mascara & mud

    It all sounds awesome! you look awesome! The French people are awesome! I love France! Just don’t forget me next year, k?!…;)

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