Bryce Dallas Howard
This year’s edition of Cannes is Bryce Dallas Howard’s favorite so far, largely due to the fact that her new film, the Elton John biopic Rocketman, received a four-minute standing ovation following its premiere at the Grand Lumière theater. “It was incredible,” she said the following day. “At the afterparty, Elton performed and Taron duetted with him.” The Taron she’s speaking of is, of course, British rising star Taron Egerton, who plays a young version of the musician. “I’m like [his] mom,” said Howard, who does in fact play John’s mother, Sheila Eileen, in the film. “Every time I see [Egerton], I’m like, ‘How are we doing? How are we feeling?'” Howard attended the festival with a sartorial mission; upon her arrival, she told her Instagram followers she was going to walk the red carpet wearing previously owned items because constantly buying new dresses was no longer “sitting well” with her. “The way it works normally is the studio hires a stylist who helps get clothes loaned, which is amazing, but they’re all sample size from the runway so I always ended up wearing the one thing on the rack I could shimmy myself into,” she explained. “Then I started buying my own clothes, which was a huge relief, but getting a new one every time is not sustainable.” Her mission at the festival has thus far been a success. “Sharing is better,” she concluded.
Bryce Dallas Howard photographed by Victoria Stevens at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
In October 2017, model Leyna Bloom became the first openly transgender woman of color to appear in Vogue India. Two years later, she’s repeated the breakthrough at Cannes, becoming the first transgender woman of color to lead a film premiering at the festival. Bloom, who stars in the new drama Port Authority, described the historic moment to journalists as something she’s “dreamed about,” adding: “This moment is a door that has been opened for a lot of people to sit at the table. How do you see something like this? It’s never happened. I just want to take it all in and know that there’s still work to be done.”
Leyla Bloom photographed by Victoria Stevens at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
Alejandro González Iñárritu
“It’s the heartbeat of the whole culture of cinema,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu said on day one of this year’s Cannes Film Festival. He’s been here before, premiering his debut film Amores Perros back in 2000, and with Babel, the Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett drama that scored him the top directing trophy in 2006. This time, though, he’s on the other side of the proceedings as the festival’s first-ever Latin American jury president. Iñárritu will lead a team of eight—including Yorgos Lanthimos and Elle Fanning—in watching 22 films over eight days and ultimately deciding which film is most worthy of the coveted Palme d’Or award. He counts his role as an honor that ranks up there with being just one of a small number of filmmakers to win back-to-back best director Oscars over two consecutive years (for Birdman and The Revenant). Iñárritu is aware of the towering responsibility that comes with the role, even if he admits he finds the whole judging process slightly redundant. “The Palme d’Or can change the life of somebody, so we’ll just have to express truthfully what we feel when we see the films,” he said. “But I do think time will decide what the best film is, not us.”
Alejandro González Iñárritu photographed by Victoria Stevens at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.