Cannes 2014: the highlights

The best bits

The films, the parties, the beauty looks, the to-die-for dresses...Cannes 2014 has undoubtedly been a good 'un. ELLE looks back at our favourite moments of the festival...

The Films

We loved Julianne Moore in Hollywood satire and Guy Pearce in gritty post-apocalyptic drama The Rover - both featuring top turns from Robert Pattinson. Channing Tatum won praise for wrestling drama Foxcatcher and both and dazzled from a fashion perspective, if not a critical one.

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The Parties

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay party in a mansion in the Cap d’Antibes was a lot of fun, with staff in glamorous gothic garb and Jennifer Lawrence bopping away enthusiastically to an old-school DJ set. More intimate evening affairs included the Mr Porter lunch on a yacht and Eva Longoria’s charity dinner at the Mouton Cadet Wine Bar.

The Weirdness

We never thought we’d see Pamela Anderson playing backgammon, but there she was, leading the charge on the beach - all in aid of Vivienne Westwood’s favoured charity Cool Earth. Other strange sights included full-sized tanks storming down the Croisette carrying Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger et al for The Expendables 3 promotion.

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The Women

Jane Campion lead a female-friendly jury, though there was still a dearth of women filmmakers in the Cannes Official Selection. Cate Blanchett spoke out about sexism on the red carpet, asking why men are never asked how they balance work and fatherhood.

The Ryans

Both Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Gosling took a critical bashing for the films The Captive (in which Reynolds stars) and Lost River (which Gosling directs) - although Cannes audiences are notoriously harsh. Ryan Reynolds was on cheerful form when we met him on the rooftop of the JW Marriott hotel - at least wife Blake Lively was winning on red carpet.

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