Cannes Film Festival: 'The Bling Ring' & Jewel Heist

Berenice Bejo The Past Tahar Rahim Asghar FarhadiCannes Film Festival 2013 highlight? (Image: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim in Asghar Farhadi's The Past)

So far, what's the most memorable event at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival? Perhaps the screening of Asghar Farhadi's Palme d'Or competitor The Past, starring The Artist's Bérénice Bejo (replacing Marion Cotillard) and A Prophet's Tahar Rahim? Variety's Justin Chang called Farhadi's follow-up to his Oscar-winning A Separation “an exquisitely sculpted family melodrama in which the end of a marriage is merely the beginning of something else, an indelible tapestry of carefully engineered revelations and deeper human truths.” (Scroll down to check out The Bling Ring cast Cannes 2013 photos.)

Or perhaps Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis, which impressed The Independent film critic Geoffrey Macnab with “the sure-footed way the Coens combine comedy, music and brooding film noir elements”? Or maybe the fact that Carey Mulligan had two major films screening at Cannes: the aforementioned Inside Llewyn Davis and, out of competition, the festival's opening-night gala movie The Great Gatsby?

Or perhaps, as reported in The Guardian, the highlight of sorts of this year's Cannes Film Festival was The Bridge TV series producer Lars Blomgren remarking, “I have always worked in both [film and television] and I think it is film that will have to change. A lot of creativity has moved over to TV.” If that weren't all, Blomgren added that he prefers Cannes' TV festival Mipcom to the town's more renowned film festival because Mipcom “is more focused and there is less b.s.”

Jewelry heist: Cannes' own The Bling Ring

But no. So far, the 2013 Cannes Film Festival's most memorable event – or at least the one with the biggest real-world repercussion – had little to do with moving images screened in a darkened room. Shortly after the premiere of Sofia Coppola's real-life-inspired The Bling Ring, starring Harry Potter's Emma Watson as one of a group of teenagers who stole about $3 million worth of goods from the homes of Los Angeles' rich and famous, a jewelry heist worth more than €300,000 took place at the Cannes' Hotel Novotel, located not far from the Palais des Festivals.

According to reports, the jewels were stolen from the hotel room of an employee of Swiss jeweler Chopard, which makes the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or and other trophies. Shades of Alfred Hitchcock's French Riviera-set To Catch a Thief, starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. The latter, by the way, is the subject of The Weinstein Company's upcoming Grace of Monaco, whose trailer was presented by Harvey Weinstein himself at the festival.

Speaking of Weinstein, not even he has come up with a jewelry heist as a tie-in to one of his Oscar-contending movies. Don't expect him to do so this year either, as The Bling Ring will be released (on June 14) by A24 in North America.

Claire Julien CannesClaire Julien (The Bling Ring) poses inside a Lamborghini Gallardo Spider at the Cannes Film Festival

The Bling Ring Emma Watson Sofia Coppola Taissa FarmigaThe Bling Ring cast: Taissa Farmiga, Katie Chang, Sofia Coppola, Emma Watson, Israel Broussard at the Cannes Film Festival's 'Movie Star Lounge' in the Carlton Hotel

Emma Watson CannesEmma Watson of The Bling Ring in the Carlton Hotel's 'Movie Star Lounge'

The Bling Ring's Claire Julien, Taissa Farmiga, Katie Chang, Sofia Coppola, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson photos: Annalisa Flori / Getty Images. Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim in Asghar Farhadi's The Past photo: Cannes Film Festival.

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