Hannah, Marnie, Jessa, and Shoshanna may be no more, but after last week’s Girls finale, the cast is still very much around—a fact brazenly evident at the annual Tribeca Film Festival Artists Program hosted by Chanel, held Monday night at Balthazar in New York City
Everywhere you looked, there was someone Lena Dunham-adjacent: A blonde Zosia Mamet, posted up near the bar; Jemima Kirke, arriving moments before cocktail hour ended; Audrey Gelman, season one guest star and real-life inspiration for Marnie, chatting with reporters about The Wing; Grace Dunham and Laurie Simmons, sister and mom of the ur-Girl herself, and also both one-time guest stars.
But this was also a movie crowd, celebrating the Tribeca Film Festival, and the night had brought out just as many Hollywood mainstays as it had fictional Brooklyn dwellers: festival founder Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower, Katie Holmes, Diane Lane, Jonah Hill, Bon Jovi, Ruth Wilson, Joy Bryant, Kenya Kinski-Jones, Will Peltz, Jane Levy, and Alive Eve, among them. (Though you couldn’t help but wonder if they themselves were secretly fan-girling over breathing the same air as Jessa Johansson).
Over cocktails, the star-studded crowd mingled about the Soho mainstay, discussing the films they’d seen so far at the festival. For some, after all, it was a job.
“I’m on the jury for the Nora Ephron prize, so I think I’ve seen about seven so far,” said Christina Ricci, leaning against the restaurant's famed seafood bar. “They are all very, very diverse. Luckily, I am just one of those people [who can remember]. I don’t have to take notes. I trust my memory.”
Her co-juror, Dianna Agron, was feeling the pressure. “It’s such a unique experience, because when you are taking a film to a festival, you only get to see that one film and then do a lot of press, so this is a fuller spectrum. I saw a very experimental film last night and the ending is still playing in my mind. I’m like, ‘It could be this, this or this.’ Or all of them or none of them…”
Then there were those feeling another type of pressure, debuting a project of their own. Among them, Bonnie Wright—Harry Potter’s Ginny Weasley—who directed a new web series called Phone Calls. “It premiered last. It’s about phone calls; each episode is a different phone conversation,” she explained. “I lived here for two years, so I went to a screening [at the festival] before, but never an experience like this.”
By 8:30 p.m., dinner had been called, and the ritualistic waltz that is finding your assigned seat began. At this point, most had already scoped out their general location, shuffling in that direction while getting in a few last moments of schmoozing; but one particularly popular girl was having a hard time crossing the restaurant: Mamet, who couldn’t move six inches without receiving praise for her role in The Boy Downstairs, which had premiered the night prior.
Rest assured: Shoshanna Shapiro is doing just fine.
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