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Movies in Cannes and Monaco's Fast Cars

Yacht charter from the red carpet to the black top

The Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix coincide in May on the French Riviera, providing enough reasons to make a date with the Med. In fact sailing your yacht to both events is the ideal way to see these glamorous and thrilling events. This year the Cannes Film festival celebrates 60th birthday – another incentive.

Action! The renowned Cannes Film festival wields its movie magic each year when the A-list of stars, VIPs, paparazzi, 4,000 journalists, 40,000 accredited professionals and 250 TV channels descend on the Riviera to watch the celebrities strut their stuff in glamorous, fairytale fashion. This year promises to offer much more of the same dizzying and invigorating concoction of films, fame and fortune in this elegant Riviera setting because 2007 is a very special year for the Festival de Cannes, as it celebrates 60 years.
   
The Film Festival is a true international melting pot of movie lovers and the billion-dollar industry players, who all indulge in the unique experience that is Cannes. During the event, the festival both organises and hosts exceptional events such as symposiums, European Day, special screenings as well as the Gala Opening and Closing ceremonies.
   
Excited crowds and wannabe starlets spill out on to the streets and flock to outside the luxury hotels such as the Martinez, the Majestic and the Carlton, that dot the Croisette, to glimpse and catch on camera their favourite stars. Everyone is here to catch a piece of the action and bask in the shade of the limelight and you will get intoxicated by the movie magic and excitement. Crash barriers are swamped with photographers and fans several feet deep trying desperately to catch the stars on camera.
  
But away from the madness but in the hub of the magic are the superyachts lined up in the port of Cannes where plenty of private parties take place as well as multi-million dollar movie deals. Many act as floating offices and entertainment centres for the industry players and some never leave their berths!
 
The port is just opposite the Palais where the latest movies are screened and judged by the jury. Many film producers and movie companies charter for the duration of the festival to work in the lush surroundings of a superyacht rather than in the corridors of the Palais. Away from prying eyes on the Croisette, a yacht offers the ideal private setting to mix business with pleasure.

The art of partying – 7th Art style
It is easy to get into the festival party mood with the gentle sway of the boat accelerating that giddy tipsy feeling even before you put the champagne glass to your lips. And the wonderful thing about dining on a yacht here is that you are a mere gangway away from the action but a world apart from the crowds. Although the location and food in Cannes is superb it is a small town and gets crowded at night. Whereas a yacht offers you exclusivity, a calm island in the middle of a bustling sea of people on land, where you can have a private dinner and the crowds won’t interfere, because they do stroll along the quay to peek. But come dusk quite often the action is on the yacht with bands playing for private parties so don’t expect to sleep much as your neighbors may be partying all night.

Boardwalk music
Music posts stretching the length of the Croisette, Cannes’ classy boardwalk play notable film music to delight of strollers by day, and by night project light beams out to the bay adding to the festive spirit - each day a different composer is honoured. Or simply head for the nightclubs behind the beach for a local party.
   
You can’t miss it! Gigantic film billboards hover over the streets of Cannes’ luxury boutique-lined Croisette turning this glamorous Riviera town into a huge movie set. The Palais des Festivals, donned with its distinguished red carpet, hosts the world’s entertainment industry, which conducts million-dollar business by day - 80% of the world’s cinema production touches base in Cannes - and oozes glamour by night as actors of every pedigree climb the red steps to the ceremonies in the hope of descending them later armed with the coveted Golden Palm award. Last year’s Palme d’Or winner was Ken Loach for ‘The wind that shakes the barley’. This year’s jury is presided over by Stephen Frears, who will have a difficult job with this year’s high calibre selections.

The festival takes place between May 16-27, 2007.
www.festival-cannes.fr
www.cannes-cinema.com
 
Monaco Grand Prix
For fast car addicts another major world event is also taking place in May on the Riviera - the famous Monaco Grand Prix, the most important event on the F1 calendar and the only one held on open road. The Formula One competition is held over four days from May 24-27th 2007 with the final on Sunday. The course covers 78 laps and a total of just over 262 km. Since 1929 when it first revved up the asphalt streets of Monte Carlo in the tiny Principality of Monaco it has attracted the world’s elite – in latter years to enjoy the seemingly unstoppable success of the Ferrari boys. This year Michael Schumacher who performed miracles on this circuit over the years will not participate since he retired last season. Who will challenge last year’s winner, Alonso Fernando and take the winner’s podium this year is anyone’s guess as Monaco can surprise the most convincing predictions. Tickets are precious to this thrilling but noisy event – don’t forget your earplugs and binoculars for that matter – but are available from the official organisers, the Automobile Club of Monaco. Tel: +377 93 15 26 24 or check their website www.acm.mc for online tickets. And for those who enjoy the classics arrive a few days earlier to catch Monaco’s Historic Grand Prix. The best way to get to Monaco and avoid the crowds is by yacht. If you don’t get tickets you can still enjoy the action onboard and listen to the roar on shore from on deck.

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Paula Farquharson is an editor of The Riviera Times newspaper. Originally
from Ireland, she worked in New York and is now based in Nice, France,
where she learned to sail.

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