Philip Seymour Hoffman has Cate Blanchett's attention Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
At the luncheon organised with style by Peggy Siegal in celebration of Woody Allen's latest film last Thursday, Sony Pictures Classics presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard toasted the actress.
Cate Blanchett arrives at New York's Le Cirque for Sony Pictures Classics celebration of Blue Jasmine Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Apropos Emmy and sublime - right before the luncheon began, I caught up with Marina Abramovic, in sublime eye makeup ("it's my great Pakistani make-up artist"), whose film Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present (directed by Matthew Akers) won the award for Best Documentary at the 34th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards two nights earlier. "We should make another film," she said to me and Director of MoMA PS1 Klaus Biesenbach who nodded approvingly without saying a word.
After the dessert course, Le Cirque's delicious crème brûlée, I talked with Blanchett about Ibsen. "I haven't done Ibsen in such a long time," she said and told me how much she appreciates his "absurd quality". We discussed the split in his female characters, and I complimented Blanchett on how perfectly she plays "women cut in two," feeling a bit like a director in a Hong Sang-soo movie, only that I was completely sincere. Blanchett is planning to direct her first film The Dinner, based on Herman Koch's best-selling 2009 novel.
MoMA PS1 Director Klaus Biesenbach, Marina Abramovic and Cate Blanchett at table number five Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Chatting about movies with Abramovic, I brought up her inspired choices of favourite films at Le Conversazioni literary festival at the Morgan Library and Museum this May. Abramovic had picked Sergei Parajanov's The Colour Of Pomegranates, Pier Paolo Pasolini's Teorema, Last Year In Marienbad by Alain Resnais, and Lars von Trier's Breaking The Waves.
At the luncheon, I couldn't remember if she or architect Daniel Libeskind, who had also been part of the programme, had chosen Teorema. "That was me. Teorema is always me," Abramovic said and mentioned that since then, Libeskind had become a good friend. We talked some more about Von Trier's take on The Little Mermaid, the perfect segue to Cinderella, which is the reason why Cate Blanchett had to rush back to London. "Oh, I'm not Cinderella. I play the Evil Stepmother," Blanchett corrected a guest's inquiry about the live-action version of the fairy tale she is currently filming under the direction of Kenneth Branagh.
Blue Jasmine co-star Bobby Cannavale under the golden umbrellas of Le Cirque Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
At the tribute at Lincoln Center, Festival Director Kent Jones discussed Blanchett's impressive career. Blue Jasmine co-star Alec Baldwin (Hal), Jim Jarmusch, who directed her in Coffee And Cigarettes, and the festival audience celebrated her talent, while Woody Allen sent his greetings via video: "I'm sorry I couldn't be there tonight, but I find it impossible to sit through two hours of relentless adulation, especially for somebody else."
On Wednesday, October 9, Ralph Fiennes will be honored with a gala tribute at the New York Film Festival, as his film The Invisible Woman screens at Alice Tully Hall. Read more about what Kent Jones said regarding the tributes here.
Cocktails at Le Cirque to honour Cate Blanchett with Sony Pictures Classics presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, Celia Weston, and Dana Ivey in conversation with Bobby Cannavale Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze