Keanu Reeves heaps praise on Constantine co-stars

Keanu Reeves loved starring alongside Rachel Weisz, Tilda Swinton and Shia LaBeouf in his hit 2005 movie Constantine.The actor played the titular character in the comic book adaptation, which followed the cynical occult detective as he seeks salvation …

Keanu Reeves loved starring alongside Rachel Weisz, Tilda Swinton and Shia LaBeouf in his hit 2005 movie Constantine.

The actor played the titular character in the comic book adaptation, which followed the cynical occult detective as he seeks salvation from eternal damnation while trying to solve a mysterious murder.

In the supernatural thriller, directed by Francis Lawrence, Swedish actor Peter Stormare played the villain Lucifer Morningstar, with Swinton as the androgynous Archangel Gabriel, his second-in-command who is determined to unleash Hell on Earth.

And in a panel talk to discuss the cult classic as part of Comic-Con@Home, Reeves confessed he is still overjoyed he had the opportunity to work with such a star-studded cast.

“Throwing down with Peter Stormare as I’m bleeding out and he’s leaning into me and lighting my cigarette. Or throwing down with Tilda Swinton as she’s choking me, (saying) ‘Hello, John,’ with her foot on my throat,” he shared.

Weisz portrayed troubled police officer Angela Dodson, who enlists the help of Constantine to investigate the apparent suicide of her twin sister, LaBeouf portrayed the detective’s driver, while Djimon Hounsou appeared as former witch doctor Papa Midnite.

“It was my second time working with (Rachel), so we had a shorthand. Working with Shia LaBeouf and his dying scene. Working with Djimon Hounsou, I love that moment when he starts to pray and Constantine’s like, ‘Ugh’… The cast!” Reeves exclaimed.

Elsewhere during the Q&A, producer Akiva Goldsman said he and director Lawrence would make a sequel in a heartbeat.

“Boy, we wanted to. We wanted to make a hard R sequel. I think we’d probably make it tomorrow,” Goldsman explained. “We’ve talked about it and we’ve had ideas.”

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Tilda Swinton to be honoured at Venice Film Festival

Tilda Swinton will be honoured for her career achievements at the 2020 Venice Film Festival. The Michael Clayton actress has been selected to receive the Golden Lion for career achievement at the Italian festival, which is the first major film festival…

Tilda Swinton will be honoured for her career achievements at the 2020 Venice Film Festival.

The Michael Clayton actress has been selected to receive the Golden Lion for career achievement at the Italian festival, which is the first major film festival to hold a physical edition following the coronavirus crisis.

“This great festival has been dear to my heart for three decades: to be honoured by her in this way is extremely humbling,” said Swinton in a statement, reports Variety. “To come to Venice, this year of all years, to celebrate immortal cinema and her defiant survival in the face of all the challenges that evolution might throw at her – as at us all – will be my sincere joy.”

Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera added that the British actress was being honoured for “her commanding and incomparable personality, uncommon versatility, and an ability to pass from the most radical art-house cinema to big Hollywood productions, without ever eschewing her inexhaustible need to bring to life unclassifiable and uncommon characters”.

She will be honoured alongside Hong Kong filmmaker Ann Hui, whose films A Simple Life and The Golden Era previously premiered at the festival, which is currently scheduled to take place between 2 and 12 September.

Swinton recently got back to work shooting The Human Voice with Pedro. She’s also set to star in Australian director George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing alongside Idris Elba.

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Ewan McGregor voicing Jiminy Cricket in Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Ewan McGregor is voicing the character of Jiminy Cricket in Guillermo del Toro’s take on Pinocchio. The Scottish actor has revealed that he had finished recording his dialogue for the Talking Cricket before the Covid-19 outbreak struck. “That I had …

Ewan McGregor is voicing the character of Jiminy Cricket in Guillermo del Toro’s take on Pinocchio.

The Scottish actor has revealed that he had finished recording his dialogue for the Talking Cricket before the Covid-19 outbreak struck.

“That I had started working on before I left for New York, so some of that is recorded,” McGregor told ACE Universe. “And of course it’s stop-frame animation, so it’s going to take them a great long time to make that film. But my first part of that, which is recording his dialogue, is sort of done.”

He then teased the possibility he would be singing in the movie, after his well-received performances in musical movies such as the live-action Beauty and the Beast and Moulin Rouge!

“There may or may not be a song that needs to be recorded. I’m not sure I’m at liberty to discuss that. Even though we’re just privately talking, you know,” he joked.

The Oscar-winning director’s stop-motion animation version of Carlo Collodi’s classic novel, which will be set in Italy during the rise of fascism in the 1930s, will also feature the voices of Ron Perlman, Tilda Swinton, and Christoph Waltz.

Mark Gustafson is serving as co-director alongside del Toro on Pinocchio, while Patrick McHale is co-writing the script.

The 55-year-old filmmaker previously revealed that his version of the classic tale, which was transformed into an animated musical fantasy film by Disney in 1940, will be a bleak re-telling.

“In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend,” The Shape of Water director said. “He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world.”

Pinocchio is set to be released on Netflix in 2021.

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Wes Anderson and Viggo Mortensen’s movies chosen for Cannes Film Festival Official Selection

Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch and Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut have made the 2020 Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection. The annual French film event, which usually takes place in May, was cancelled in its physical form this year due t…

Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch and Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut have made the 2020 Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection.

The annual French film event, which usually takes place in May, was cancelled in its physical form this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but organisers wanted to support the movies submitted to premiere there by releasing its Official Selection line-up.

The shortlist of 56 titles were unveiled in Paris on Wednesday evening and the presentation confirmed that Anderson’s latest, starring Timothee Chalamet, Frances McDormand, and Tilda Swinton, was set for a Cannes debut, as well as Mortenson’s Falling, which he wrote, directed and stars in, and Francis Lee’s Ammonite, a romance drama starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan.

“In such upsetting times, a little personal joy. I am utterly thrilled Ammonite has been selected for Cannes 2020. To be amongst the other filmmakers is a complete honour. I can’t wait for you all to see it soon. Thank you @Festival_Cannes,” Lee tweeted.

Other notable entries in the Official Selection include Pixar’s upcoming animation Soul, featuring the voice of Jamie Foxx, Summer 85 by Francois Ozon, and Steve McQueen’s films Mangrove and Lovers Rock, which form part of his Small Axe anthology of five feature-length stories.

On Wednesday evening, the 12 Years a Slave filmmaker announced he was dedicating the films to African-American man George Floyd, following his death at the hands of white police officers on 25 May, and “all the other black people that have been murdered, seen or unseen, because of who they are, in the U.S., U.K. and elsewhere”.

Other titles include Asa Ga Kuru (True Mothers) by Naomi Kawase, Druk (Another Round) by Thomas Vinterberg, and Peninsula, Yeon Sang-Ho’s sequel to his 2016 zombie horror movie Train to Busan.

Movies in the Official Selection will not compete for the Palme d’Or this year. However, they will each receive a “Cannes 2020” label and be able to premiere at another festival instead. They can even compete at Spain’s San Sebastian Film Festival in September.

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Tilda Swinton calls on moviegoers to boycott multiplex cinemas

Tilda Swinton has called on moviegoers to boycott multiplexes in favour of watching a broader range of films in smaller cinemas.The Oscar-winning actress discussed her views on the state of the industry prior to being presented with the British Film In…

Tilda Swinton has called on moviegoers to boycott multiplexes in favour of watching a broader range of films in smaller cinemas.

The Oscar-winning actress discussed her views on the state of the industry prior to being presented with the British Film Institute’s prestigious accolade, the BFI Fellowship, on Monday night.

Specifically, Swinton explained that she would like to see small supermarkets across the U.K. transformed into independent cinemas.

“We need a lot of cinemas. Little cinemas, refurbished old cinemas that have been turned into Tescos and can be turned back into cinemas,” she told PA Media. “We need blow up cinemas in the park. We need spaces to show a range of films outside of the multiplex. We all love going to the multiplex but there is a limit to how many times you can see something that you only see there.”

And in spite of the popularity of streaming services such as Netflix, Swinton is adamant there will still be a future for cinema as she believes that if viewers love a film they’ve seen online, they will want to go see it again on the big screen.

“We all buy a CD and we get to know that music really well and if that band comes to town we’ll go and see them live. I think that will start to happen with cinema,” the 59-year-old shared. “We will get to know something really well because we’ve watched it on Netflix and then when it comes to a big screen near us, we will still go and see it live.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Swinton confessed she was a “little embarrassed” to be given the BFI Fellowship accolade and was “super honoured” to have been chosen.

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Tilda Swinton to receive BFI Fellowship

Tilda Swinton is to receive the British Film Institute’s prestigious Fellowship honour.The Doctor Strange star will receive the award at the BFI Chair’s annual dinner at the Rosewood Hotel in London on 2 March in recognition of her “daringly eclectic a…

Tilda Swinton is to receive the British Film Institute’s prestigious Fellowship honour.

The Doctor Strange star will receive the award at the BFI Chair’s annual dinner at the Rosewood Hotel in London on 2 March in recognition of her “daringly eclectic and striking talents as a performer and filmmaker” and her contribution to film.

“Fellowship and BFI are two of my favourite words. And the beginning and end of the reason I live my life in the cinema in the first place,” Swinton said in a statement. “I am very happy and touched by this honour. And I share it entirely with my beloved filmmaking playmates, living and departed.”

BFI Chair Josh Berger praised the star for her “powerful and far-ranging” work, from her early movies with auteur filmmaker Derek Jarman to her involvement in blockbuster Marvel movies like Doctor Strange and Avengers: Endgame.

“It is a career full of courageous artistic choices that has earned her the deep respect of her peers, our industry and the admiration and enjoyment of audiences all over the world,” Berger said. “Tilda inhabits the characters she portrays in the most compelling way.

“Her work is powerful and far-ranging and as such occupies a unique place in our collective film history – it captivates young film-makers and actors, inspiring them to make bolder, braver and more profound work.”

The Oscar winner follows in the footsteps of previous Fellowship honourees such as Dame Judi Dench, Hugh Grant, Al Pacino, Tim Burton, Cate Blanchett, Martin Scorsese, and Vanessa Redgrave.

The 59-year-old will also be honoured with a special season featuring her work and her inspirations at the BFI’s Southbank base from 1 to 18 March. She will also hold a special Tilda in Conversation event on 3 March.

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The Souvenir leads nominations for London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

Tilda Swinton and her daughter Honor Swinton Byrne’s film The Souvenir leads the nominees for the 2020 London Critics’ Circle Film Awards.The film received seven nominations when they were announced at The May Fair Hotel in the British capital on Tuesd…

Tilda Swinton and her daughter Honor Swinton Byrne’s film The Souvenir leads the nominees for the 2020 London Critics’ Circle Film Awards.

The film received seven nominations when they were announced at The May Fair Hotel in the British capital on Tuesday, putting it ahead of The Irishman and 1917, which bagged six each.

Swinton received a supporting actress nod for her role in the film, about a film student who embarks on a relationship with a secretive older man, played by Tom Burke.

Swinton Byrne was nominated for the Young British Performer prize, while Burke received recognition in the Actor of the Year and British/Irish Actor of the Year categories.

For the former, he will battle it out with Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory), Robert De Niro (The Irishman), Adam Driver (Marriage Story), and Joaquin Phoenix (Joker).

Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story), Lupita Nyong’o (Us), Florence Pugh (Midsommar), Charlize Theron (Bombshell), and Renee Zellweger (Judy) will compete for the Actress of the Year award.

Nominated for Film of the Year alongside The Souvenir are The Irishman, 1917, Joker, Knives Out, Marriage Story, Midsommar, Pain and Glory, Parasite, and Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

Joining Swinton in the supporting actress category are Laura Dern (Marriage Story), Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers), Florence Pugh (Little Women), and Margot Robbie (Bombshell).

Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Shia LaBeouf (Honey Boy), Al Pacino (The Irishman), Joe Pesci (The Irishman), and Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) will face off for the equivalent male prize.

Pedro Almodovar (Pain and Glory), Bong Joon-ho (Parasite), Sam Mendes (1917), Celine Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire), and Martin Scorsese (The Irishman) are the nominees for Director of the Year.

The winners will be announced on 30 January at The May Fair Hotel.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Film of the Year:

The Irishman

Joker

Knives Out

Marriage Story

Midsommar

1917

Pain and Glory

Parasite

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

The Souvenir

Foreign Language Film of the Year:

Happy as Lazzaro

Monos

Pain and Glory

Parasite

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Documentary of the Year:

Amazing Grace

Apollo 11

The Cave

For Sama

Varda by Agnes

Director of the Year:

Pedro Almodovar – Pain and Glory

Bong Joon-ho – Parasite

Sam Mendes – 1917

Celine Sciamma – Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Martin Scorsese – The Irishman

Screenwriter of the Year:

Pedro Almodovar – Pain and Glory

Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story

Bong Joon-ho & Han Jin Wan – Parasite

Joanna Hogg – The Souvenir

Steven Zaillian – The Irishman

Actress of the Year:

Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Lupita Nyong’o – Us

Florence Pugh – Midsommar

Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Renee Zellweger – Judy

Actor of the Year:

Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory

Tom Burke – The Souvenir

Robert De Niro – The Irishman

Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Supporting Actress of the Year:

Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers

Florence Pugh – Little Women

Margot Robbie – Bombshell

Tilda Swinton – The Souvenir

Supporting Actor of the Year:

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Shia LaBeouf – Honey Boy

Al Pacino – The Irishman

Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

British/Irish Film: The Attenborough Award:

Bait

1917

Rocketman

The Souvenir

Wild Rose

British/Irish Actress:

Jessie Buckley – Wild Rose/Judy

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet

Lesley Manville – Ordinary Love/Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Florence Pugh – Fighting With My Family/Midsommar/Little Women

Saoirse Ronan – Little Women

British/Irish Actor:

Tom Burke – The Souvenir

Taron Egerton – Rocketman

George MacKay – 1917/Where Hands Touch/Ophelia

Robert Pattinson – The Lighthouse/High Life/The King

Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

Young British/Irish Performance:

Raffey Cassidy – Vox Lux

Dean-Charles Chapman – 1917/The King/Blinded by the Light

Roman Griffin Davis – Jojo Rabbit

Noah Jupe – Honey Boy/Le Mans ’66

Honor Swinton Byrne – The Souvenir

Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker:

Waad Al-Kateab & Edward Watts – For Sama

Richard Billingham – Ray & Liz

Mark Jenkin – Bait

Owen McCafferty – Ordinary Love

Nicole Taylor – Wild Rose

British/Irish Short Film of the Year:

Appreciation

Beyond the North Winds: A Post-Nuclear Reverie

The Devil’s Harmony

Kingdom Come

Pompeii

Technical Achievement Award:

Ad Astra – Allen Maris, visual effects

Apollo 11 – Todd Douglas Miller, film editing

Judy – Jeremy Woodhead, make-up and hair

Little Women – Jacqueline Durran, costumes

Motherless Brooklyn – Daniel Pemberton, music

Monos – Jasper Wolf, cinematography

1917 – Oliver Tarney, sound design

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Barbara Ling, production design

Parasite – Lee Ha Jun, production design

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon – Will Becher & Richard Phelan, animation

Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film

Sally Potter, Sandy Powell

40th Anniversary Award

Aardman Animation

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The Personal History of David Copperfield leads BIFA nominations

The Personal History of David Copperfield will be the top contender at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards with 11 nominations. Armando Iannucci’s comedic take on Charles Dickens’s classic novel David Copperfield, starring Dev Patel, has landed n…

The Personal History of David Copperfield will be the top contender at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards with 11 nominations.

Armando Iannucci’s comedic take on Charles Dickens’s classic novel David Copperfield, starring Dev Patel, has landed nominations for categories including Best British Independent Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor for Patel and Best Supporting Actor and Actress for Hugh Laurie and Tilda Swinton, respectively.

It’s followed closely by Wild Rose, starring Jessie Buckley as a rising singer, with 10 nominations, thriller In Fabric with nine, and The Souvenir with eight.

Renee Zellweger has landed a Best Actress nomination for her portrayal of icon Judy Garland in the biopic Judy. She will go up against her Judy co-star Jessie Buckley, who has been nominated for her leading role in Wild Rose as well as Sally Hawkins for Eternal Beauty, Holliday Grainger for Animals, and Vicky Knight for Dirty God.

For the Best Actor prize, Patel will compete against Tom Burke for The Souvenir, Josh O’Connor for Only You, Sam Adewunmi for The Last Tree, and Kris Hitchen for Sorry We Missed You.

Other notable nominees include Chiwetel Ejiofor, who is up for the debut director and supporting actor prizes for The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, and Swinton’s daughter, Honor Swinton Byrne, who is up for Most Promising Newcomer for her leading role in The Souvenir.

Other nominees for Best British Independent Film include Wild Rose, The Souvenir, For Sama and Bait, while the Best International Independent Film nominees include Marriage Story, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Monos, Parasite, and Ash is Purest White.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 1 December.

The main list of nominees is as follows:

Best British Independent Film:

Bait

For Sama

The Personal History of David Copperfield

The Souvenir

Wild Rose

Best International Independent Film:

Ash is Purest White

Marriage Story

Monos

Parasite

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best Director:

Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts – For Sama

Oliver Hermanus – Moffie

Joanna Hogg – The Souvenir

Mark Jenkin – Bait

Asif Kapadia – Diego Maradona

Best Screenplay:

Joanna Hogg – The Souvenir

Armando Iannucci, Simon Blackwell – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Paul Laverty – Sorry We Missed You

Peter Strickland – In Fabric

Nicole Taylor – Wild Rose

Best Actress:

Jessie Buckley – Wild Rose

Renee Zellweger – Judy

Sally Hawkins – Eternal Beauty

Holliday Grainger – Animals

Vicky Knight – Dirty God

Best Actor:

Tom Burke – The Souvenir

Josh O’Connor – Only You

Sam Adewunmi – The Last Tree

Kris Hitchen – Sorry We Missed You

Dev Patel – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Best Supporting Actress:

Jessica Barden – Scarborough

Ruthxjiah Bellenea – The Last Tree

Elizabeth Debicki – Vita & Virginia

Tilda Swinton – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Julie Walters – Wild Rose

Best Supporting Actor:

Chiwetel Ejiofor – The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Hugh Laurie – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Edlison Manuel Olbera Nunez – Yuli

Peter Mullan – The Vanishing

Bluey Robinson – Dirty God

Best Documentary:

Coup 53

Diego Maradona

For Sama

Seahorse

Tell Me Who I Am

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The Personal History of David Copperfield to open London Film Festival

Armando Iannucci’s latest movie The Personal History of David Copperfield will open the 2019 London Film Festival. The Death of Stalin director’s comedic take on Charles Dickens’s classic novel David Copperfield will kick off the 63rd edition of the a…

Armando Iannucci’s latest movie The Personal History of David Copperfield will open the 2019 London Film Festival.

The Death of Stalin director’s comedic take on Charles Dickens’s classic novel David Copperfield will kick off the 63rd edition of the annual film extravaganza with a premiere at the Odeon Luxe cinema in London’s Leicester Square on 2 October.

The film stars Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel in the lead role, with support from an all-star British cast which includes Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse, and Gwendoline Christie.

“The Personal History of David Copperfield is a film about compassion, humour, generosity and friendship, and I couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming setting in which to premiere it,” The Thick of It creator/director shared in a statement.

“Scotland’s Armando Iannucci is one of the most prodigiously talented and original filmmakers hailing from the U.K.,” Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Director, added. “The Personal History of David Copperfield shows his trademark wit and a joyous sense of style – it’s a delight from start to finish, with Dev Patel and co-stars delivering performances of megawatt charm and comic flair.

“I’m so excited to be opening the 63rd BFI London Film Festival with this film which is not only wildly entertaining but also a timely celebration of the power of generosity and compassion.”

Iannucci and his frequent collaborator Simon Blackwell wrote the adaptation, which follows the good-hearted David as he sets out to be a writer and meets an array of vivid characters in Victorian England.

The film was shot on location in the U.K. and is produced by Iannucci and Kevin Loader.

The 2019 London Film Festival runs from 2 to 13 October.

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Karl Lagerfeld remembered at star-studded Paris memorial

Cara Delevingne and Gigi Hadid were among the fashion elite who saluted late designer and photographer Karl Lagerfeld at a memorial in Paris on Thursday.The tribute, named Karl For Ever, was organised by the houses of Chanel, Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld, …

Cara Delevingne and Gigi Hadid were among the fashion elite who saluted late designer and photographer Karl Lagerfeld at a memorial in Paris on Thursday.

The tribute, named Karl For Ever, was organised by the houses of Chanel, Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld, and conceived by theatre and opera director Robert Carsen.

The Grand Palais, the usual venue for Chanel’s runway shows, was filled with huge photos of the fashion godfather, alongside a black, red and white stage – designed to mirror the colour scheme in Lagerfeld’s studio – and rows of black and white chairs.

As well as models Delevingne and Hadid, Stella McCartney, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Francois-Henri Pinault, Claudia Schiffer, Anna Wintour and Valentino Garavani were spotted among those paying their final respects to the design guru, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 85 in February.

Delevingne, 26, was one of the guests chosen to speak at the event and she took the stage in a pink feathered dress to perform a poem by French writer Colette, one of Lagerfeld’s favourite authors.

Tilda Swinton, who was dressed in a tweed peplum jacket and bloomers, recited an extract from Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, another of the designer’s beloved works.

“Clothes wear us and not we them,” she told the mourners. “They change our view of the world, and the world’s view of us.”

Helen Mirren was also among those who hit the stage – she read from Lagerfeld’s memoir, The World According to Karl: The Wit and Wisdom of Karl Lagerfeld, accompanied by violinist Charlie Siem.

The elusive co-owner of Chanel, Alain Wertheimer, was also interviewed for the first time, and told reporters why he hired Lagerfeld in 1983: “Above all, I was seduced by the prospect of having conversations with him.”

Royalty was represented at the memorial by Princess Caroline of Hanover and Princess Stephanie of Monaco, while France’s First Lady, Brigitte Macron, also attended.

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