The 80th Venice International Film Festival, which ran from August 30 to September 9, 2023, was not only a showcase of the best films from around the world but also a dazzling display of glamour and elegance. One of the highlights of the festival was the Cartier Celebration, a star-studded event hosted by the French luxury brand on September 1 at the historic Ca'Giustinian palace. The event featured a live performance by Oscar-winning composer Justin Hurwitz, and a guest list that included Cartier ambassadors, actors, directors, and celebrities from various fields. In this article, we will take you inside the Cartier Celebration and show you some of the most stunning looks and pieces from the night.
Cartier's partnership with the Venice Film Festival
Cartier has been the official partner of the Venice Film Festival since 2021, reflecting its strong cultural commitment to the arts. For almost a century, Cartier has been the go-to jeweler for cinema and has had its pieces feature in legendary film scenes. Some of the examples are John Cocteau's Beauty and the Best (1949), Grace Kelly's ring in High Society (1956), and Ocean's 8 (2018), which featured a replica of the 1931 Toussaint necklace.
At the festival, Cartier sponsors or supports various initiatives and awards that celebrate contemporary filmmaking and nurture talent. For instance, Cartier hosts two masterclasses by Academy Award-winning musical partnership of director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz, and multiple winners of the Academy Award for Art Direction. Cartier also presents the Glory to the Filmmaker Award, which recognizes outstanding filmmakers who have made original contributions to cinema. This year, the award went to Wes Anderson for his film The French Dispatch. Moreover, Cartier contributes to the restoration and renovation of two iconic Venice venues, the Teatro Verde and Conservation Di Musica Benedetto Marcello.
The highlights of the Cartier Celebration
The Cartier Celebration took place at the Ca'Giustinian, which sits on the Grand Canal of Venice and is known today as the head office of La Biennale di Venezia, the foundation which hosts the festival. The venue was decorated with red carpets, retro film stills from the 1960s, and a rare blue moon that shone over the open Venetian waters. The event was attended by an array of emerging and esteemed film stars, directors, and celebrities from various fields, who mingled and enjoyed a night of glitz and glamour.
One of the highlights of the event was a live performance by Justin Hurwitz, who played some of his compositions from La La Land and Babylon on a grand piano. Hurwitz also shared his creative process and inspiration with the guests. Another highlight was seeing some of the most stunning looks and pieces from Cartier on display. Some of the guests who wore Cartier were:
Paul Mescal, wore a Juste un Clou earring, a Grain de Cafe brooch, a Love ring, and a Tank Louis watch.
Maude Apatow, wore a Giorgio Armani gown and styled it with High jewelry earrings, a Reflection de Cartier bracelet, and a Cartier Collection ring.
Nadine Labaki, wore High jewelry earrings, a Reflection de Cartier necklace, an Agrafe bracelet, and a Ecrou de Cartier ring.
Dhafer L'Abidine, who wore High jewelry cufflinks and a Santos de Cartier watch.
Isabelle Huppert, wore High jewelry earrings, a Reflection de Cartier necklace, an Agrafe bracelet, and an Ecrou de Cartier ring.
The Cartier Celebration at the 80th Venice Film Festival was a spectacular event that showcased the French luxury brand's involvement and support for the prestigious festival and art of cinema. The festival featured a live performance and a guest list that included Cartier ambassadors, actors, directors, and celebrities from various fields. The guests dazzled in their outfits and Cartier pieces, creating a night of glamour and elegance that will be remembered for years to come. As Cyrille Vigneron, president and CEO of Cartier, said: "We continue to celebrate original creation, original angles and points of view on eternal human themes and myths".