ROMAN POLANSKI'S PRADA "ANTI-AD" FEATURED AT CANNES
- Roman Polanski came to Cannes on Monday, May 21 to show an old film, and also to debut a new one, The Wrap reported.
But the new Polanski film is an oddity in the controversial director's career: It's an ad for Prada, though Polanski described it as "an anti-ad" afterwards.
The short, which screened before a restored version of Polanski's 1979 film "Tess," features Helena Bonham Carter as a Prada-wearing patient and Ben Kingsley as a psychiatrist who finds himself distracted by the beauty of the purple fur coat his patient has hung on a rack.
"Prada Suits Everyone," reads the caption as Kingsley dons the coat and strokes his face with its fur collar.
Italian Vogue ran a pirated image from the short, and many viewers went to Twitter to share their amazement that the "Rosemary's Baby" director had made a fashion ad - which festival chief Thierry Fremaux had teased on Sunday, when he mentioned that Polanski would be debuting a new film.
Polanski also had a presence earlier in the festival, when Cannes screened the documentary "Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir," which is made up of filmed interviews with the director.
At the screening of "Tess," Polanski escorted that film's star, Nastassja Kinski, down the red carpet.
- 1864 Turkish forces attack Sassoon (Western Armenia), but retreat because of Armenian resistance.
- 1907 Birth of composer Goorgen Alemshah. He died in 1947.
- 1918 Start of the four-day battle of Sardarapat at the end of which the Armenian forces defeated the Turkish Army.
- 1919 The Publication of Constantinople's Extraordinary Military Tribunal's decision on the perpetrators of the deportation of Trabizond's Armenians.
- 1924 Birth of Charles Aznavour (singer).