During Tuesday’s press conference in Cannes with this year’s competition jury, Oscar winner Brie Larson was asked about her reaction to the call to serve. “I care so much about this medium and that’s why it’s a huge honor to be in the company of these people I admire so much,” she replied.
Larson translated that into what looked like excitement hours later when she first stepped onto the red carpet at the Palais in her Cannes debut wearing a Chanel gown complemented by the luxury fashion house’s high-rise jewelry. After getting out of the car, Larson was all smiles, expressive faces and the pièce de résistance – a dance break at the top of the iconic staircase – before entering the venue for the evening’s opening ceremony and a screening of Maïwenn’s Johnny Depp starrer Joan of Barry.
The festival and its pomp and circumstance typically provide plenty of energy amid glitz and glamor (and diamonds galore), and Larson seemed to take it all in on what was certainly a demanding first day on the track. The program included a festival photo call and a press conference with fellow judges such as President Ruben Östlund, Paul Dano, titan-director Palme d’Or winner Julia Ducournau, I’m not a witch breakout filmmaker Rungano Nyoni, actor Denis Ménochet, Argentinian director Damián Szifron, Afghanistan-born, French-based filmmaker Atig Ranimi and Moroccan director Maryam Touzani.
As is protocol, they then arrived together for the evening’s festivities posing for the throng of photographers as a team, a team that also entered the Grand Auditorium Louis Lumière together. During the official ceremony, which also saw an honorary Pale d’Or go to Michael Douglas, the judges were introduced one by one as they took the stage in front of a star-studded audience including Depp, Maïwenn and guests like Helen Mirren. , Elle Fanning, Naomi Campbell, Catherine Denueve, Uma Thurman, Mads Mikkelsen, Fan Bingbing, Cindy Bruna and more.
Cannes newbie Larson also answered a question during that aforementioned press conference Variety about Depp and if she would see out of competition Joan of Barry — for her history of advocating for survivors of sexual assault and as a former member of the Time’s Up advisory board amid the controversy surrounding the film — Larson said firmly, “You’ll see if I see it, and I don’t know how I’ll feel when I do.
Shrugging off the exchange, she looked like she was having the time of her life in a show that is blithely reminiscent of Will Smith’s judging debut in 2017. See photographic evidence below of Larson’s joyous time at Cannes so far.