The 2016 Cannes International Film Festival will go down in history not only as the 69th edition but as a year of many odd and interesting happenings. From Ghana’s participation on the red carpet - not to showcase any films - to the trivial awards here is YEN.com.gh’s selection of the odd and fun facts about Cannes 2016.
Fittingly for an edition marked by androgyny and fluid sexuality, one of Cannes' most highly coveted awards went to a transgender artist 'Marvin'. Born Nellie, the four-legged protagonist of Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson” won the 2016 Palm Dog Prize. Award founder Toby Rose said the cuddly British bulldog triumphed over a “truly pawsome” field with no “pawcity of choice”
The Marché du film in Cannes, which runs parallel with the festival, is the world’s largest film market, and a chance for low-budget movies with wacky titles to shine. There wasn't anything quite as outrageous as last year’s “The Monk who Fucked a Limousine” from India, but Scott Wheeler put in a good effort with his “Attack of the Killer Donuts”.
Animals in the red carpet
American actress and writer, Carrie Fisher was a shutterbug’s delight when she showed up on the red carpet for the premiere of Mademoiselle at the Palais Des Festivals, accompanied by her beloved canine companion - Gary.
Carrie, who played pin-up Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy ( she also returns as General Leia in the latest instalment) was clearly pleased to be out with the pooch. The eccentric actress insisted on getting down on all fours, mimicking Gary's movements before tickling him under his chin as he stuck his tongue out.
At one point she even raised him up by his front paws for an embrace-turned-photo opportunity.
A little tender kiss
‘Hands Of Stone’ co-stars Ana de Armas and Edgar Ramirez shared a tender smooch at the Cannes Film Festival photocall. The tender kiss did not only have the shutterbugs clicking away but the world is asking whether the Cuban actress and the Venuezella heartthrob could be more than just friend.
The high price for a moment of passion in Cannes
Although a new French law enacted on April 13, legalized solicitation but criminalized the purchase of sex in an effort to put the onus onto paying customers, a shocking confession by an escort to The Hollywood Reporter left jaws dropping as to how much people were paying for sex and the company of women in Cannes.
‘Katia’, an escort who comes down from Paris for two weeks during the festival attended red-carpet premieres and several parties during the first week as part of the ‘girlfriend experience’ she offers for 550 euros (2,380) an hour. She also has a strict “4- and 5-star only” hotel policy, but skips yacht parties that she feels have a more hostile environment. According to her, clients are 50-50 French and foreign, including some American executives.
'Ghana was there some'
Although Ghana did not have any significant role to play at the festival (no film exhibition or presence at the Cannes market place), Ghanaian stars passed through Cannes to be a part of the festival. From red carpet appearances by Fred Nuamah, Coded, James Gardiner and Harold Amenyah to the casual visit from Joselyn Dumas and John Dumelo, Ghana was fully representing. James Gardiner and Harold Amenyah attended the festival as part of a price packages from Eurostar Limousine for being the best dressed male stars at the 2015 Ghana Movie Awards.