Cannes this year is full of ladies with little dogs in handbags. Funny to see the Hollywood trend making it to the shores of the Riviera. Umbrellas have also been an accessory. And goodness the wind has howled.
And…as always…the people have partied…and the celebrities have shone. The other night I nearly knocked Uma Thurman over as she stepped out of a restaurant. I was running up the cobbled alleyway. But I didn’t knock her over because she has that aura…and before I could bump into her, her magnetic field knocked me back! She once told me, a few years ago, that one of the only things that makes her sad about being famous (and she was very careful to stress that she was not complaining, but somebody asked what the shortfalls were) is that she can no longer flow with other people. She said she feels like a rock sticking out of a river…and all the people, the humans, are rushing past her and she sticks out like a sore thumb…well like a rock.
Tonight we had a fabulous time on a beautiful South African-owned yacht. We were celebrating the launch of a film called “Plot for Peace” about South Africa during its murky apartheid years.
Produced and co-directed by Emmy Award winner Mandy Jacobson, together with Carlos Agullo, the documentary tells the “untold story of a mysterious Frenchman, ‘Monsieur Jacques’ who participated in helping end apartheid in South Africa and whose involvement can be attributed to being one of the influences that led to the release of Nelson Mandela from prison.”
That sounds like a tall story…but watch the documentary and you’ll see. It features interviews with Pik Botha and other notable South Africans from that period, and seems to substantiate the claims that a French man helped our country be released from apartheid!