Cannes: From Class to Crass

Festival has more alcohol, drugs, sex than films
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2009 10:38 AM CDT
Paris Hilton arrives Monday at the Hollywood Domino party hosted by Akvinta during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, France.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The name “Cannes” once conjured up images of Hollywood glamor and French sophistication, but no more. The film festival has turned into a marathon of binge drinking and sleazy sex, attended by high-heeled, fake-tanned partiers who are “not interested in the films, only the party scene,” one tells the Daily Mail. “During the festival it’s all sex, sex, sex,” frowns a local.

Cannes fêtes, once hosted by movie studios, are now thrown by liquor brands. Instead of drawing A-list celebrities—who nowadays leave Cannes as fast as they can—the parties are places where scantily clad women can be found stripping or seducing rich men. “When I used to attend the festival it was so chic and glamorous,” says one veteran. “Now it seems to be full of riff-raff.”