Chopard celebrates the 2022 Cannes Film Festival with a new Palme d’Or

Swiss fine jeweller Chopard honours 75 years of the Cannes International Film Festival and 25 years of partnership with the prestigious institution with a new design of the Palme d’or, the highest award at the closing ceremony that celebrates the best film screened at the festival.


Chopard celebrates the 2022 75th Cannes Film Festival with a new redesigned Palme d'Or
(In this photo: The redesigned Palme d’Or by Chopard’s co-founder and artistic director Caroline Scheufele)

In honour of the coveted annual event, as well as the Maison’s quarter-century-long partnership with the festival, co-founder and artistic director of Chopard Caroline Scheufele revisited the Palme d’Or this year and gave the esteemed prize award a new look in celebration of the double jubilee.

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(In this photo: Swedish director Ruben Östlund wins the Palme d’Or for Best Film at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival)

Coined as a radiant symbol of unconditional love that binds the festival with cinema, as well as the Maison’s long-standing partnership with the event, the redesign of the iconic palm branch motif features two delicately crafted strands of gold leaves set with 75 and 25 diamonds to mark both the festival’s and the Maison’s long-standing presence in the world of cinema. Both the 18-carat yellow gold and diamonds were ethically sourced from certified suppliers and are mounted on a gorgeous rose quartz base, instead of its traditional rock crystal cushion.

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(In this photo: 25 and 75 diamonds set on two gold leaves of the Palme in tribute of the 75th Cannes Film Festival and 25 years of partnership with the institution)

The stunning laurel has been an iconic prize that honours filmmakers from around the world. This year, the accolade, presented by Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón and Cannes president Vincent Lindon, had been given to Swedish director Ruben Östlund of satirical film Triangle of Sadness for Best Film.

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(In this photo: Song Kang-Ho, Ruben Ostlund, Viencent Lindon and Zahra Amir Ebrahimi)

That evening, the stage was also shared with Korean actor Song Kang-Ho who won Best Actor for Broker, while the award for Best Actress went to Iranian actress Zahra Amir Ebrahimi for her performance in Holy Spider, and the award for Best Director was received by Korean director Park Chan-Wook for his film Decision to Leave.

The memorable event marks Cannes’ 75th edition of its international film festival, and drew to a close on 28 May with a successful celebration of arts, cinema and craftsmanship.

Robert Pattinson – From child actor to Hollywood heavyweight

Robert Pattinson has been around for a while. Perhaps you discovered him in the 2005 fourth cinematic instalment of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter anthology as budding wizard Cedric Diggory. Maybe you swooned over his portrayal of brooding vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight series (2008-2013). Or perhaps you latterly stumbled over him in the most recent film adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s unfinished horror novel The Lighthouse alongside Willem Dafoe.

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Whatever your first exposure to the talented British thespian, chances are – barring role reprisals – you’ll never see the like from him again. Such is the chameleonic, ever-changing face of Robert Pattinson in a wide range of genres. And it is precisely this ability to switch mindsets and mannerisms with apparent ease that has won him such favour in Tinseltown and beyond.

Although the 35-year-old has gracefully transitioned from child actor to teen heartthrob to full-fledged leading man, given his slender frame and almost feminine features, few could have guessed that he would replace Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader in the upcoming The Batman film, beating out such other Hollywood heavy-hitters as Nicholas Hoult and Armie Hammer. Yet, the soon-to-air movie has already garnered much anticipation from DC Comics fans and is intended as the opening salvo in a new Batman trilogy. To celebrate Pattinson’s coup in landing the role, we delve into some of the lesser-known facts about the latest Dark Knight…

Schoolboy Porn

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Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson – to give the actor his full name – was born in London on 13 May 1986 as the youngest of three children. His mother, Clare, was a booker at a modelling agency, and his father, Richard, a vintage car dealer. The family was wealthy enough to send their only son to the prestigious Tower House School, an independent prep school whose alumni include fellow thespian Tom Hardy, comedian Jack Whitehall and journalist Louis Theroux.
Pattinson was soon expelled, however, for a rather shocking misdemeanour; he was caught stealing pornographic magazines and then selling them to his schoolmates. “I used to go in [to the shop] and take, like, one or two, and then put them in my bag. I was in my school uniform when I was doing it, and it was kind of risky,” he recalls sheepishly. “At the end, I got so cocky that I would take the entire rack.” Naughty, naughty.

Magical Debut

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Robert Pattinson as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The not-so-sweet 17-year-old had just three acting credits to his name when he landed the coveted role of Hufflepuff boy-wizard in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It was undoubtedly a coup for the budding actor, and arguably the role that put him on the map. Interestingly, due to delays in the filming schedule, he had to decide between accepting the part or attending university. “It went so far over schedule, I couldn’t go. It was supposed to be four months, but it ended up being 10 or 11,” he says. “I was 17 and I was the only person who wasn’t in school. I’d just hang about.”

First Cut is the Deepest

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Robert Pattinson in Twilight

While Goblet of Fire is his first movie credit, the first part he landed was in an earlier film – 2004’s Vanity Fair. He acted alongside the star of the historical drama, Reese Witherspoon, playing her teenage son. Ultimately, though, his scenes vanished from the final cut of the movie – a decision he remained unaware of until attending its screening.

It was a huge shock for the young Pattinson, but it ultimately worked in his favour when he auditioned for the Harry Potter franchise. He recalls: “The casting director, Mary Selway, felt so guilty that no one had informed me that she basically gave me the first run at the part in Harry Potter, so I was quite glad I got cut in the end.”

Red Carpet Slip Up

In what may be the ultimate case of misjudgment, the Twilight star attempted to sneak quietly into the 2007 premiere of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in Los Angeles, even though he only appeared in a single flashback scene. His efforts to slip in unnoticed backfired as he was immediately swarmed by Cedric Diggory fans, and was soon ushered onto the red carpet with other members of the cast.

This embarrassing situation was exacerbated by Pattinson’s dishevelled appearance. “I’d just been walking through Hollywood and it was a long walk and it was boiling hot,” he later explained. “I’d been eating pizzas and drinking beer for the whole summer and I looked disgusting.” His agent was furious because he ‘looked like an unbelievable mess’ in photos taken by the press. “My agent still sends them to this day… I was just pouring with sweat, you can just see [from] the photos. I look horrendous…”

Sick for the Part

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It’s not uncommon for actors to embrace a variety of pre-shooting rituals in order to make their portrayal truer to life. However, Pattinson is known for taking this to the extreme. To enter the dark emotional state needed to film The Lighthouse in 2019, he has admitted to spinning in circles and putting stones in his shoes to throw himself off-kilter so his performance in the psychological drama would seem disjointed. He even forced himself to throw up before critical scenes. When asked about the technique’s effectiveness, he answered: “I think everyone feels very emotional when they’re throwing up, and it’s quite a nice little trick to get there.”

Clamouring for the Cape

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Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne in The Batman (2022)

It’s no secret that Pattinson has a penchant for quirky roles and often eschews parts in more ‘mass-market’ productions in favour of smaller, indie films. So, many would be surprised to hear that he’d toyed with becoming the Caped Crusader even prior to being cast in the upcoming Batman reboot. “I’d had Batman on my mind for a while… [though] it’s such an absurd thing to say,” he shared recently. “I sort of had an idea to do it, and I’d been prodding Matt [Reeves, the film’s director]. He didn’t accept any prods, so I kept asking to meet him.”
Clearly his persistence paid off, and Pattinson was the one chosen to don the cape. Judge for yourself if he does the role justice when The Batman hits the silver screen on 4 March.

Reel Deal: What to watch at the cinema this month

Beauty and the Beast and Kong: Skull Island dominated Hong Kong’s box office in March, and although they’re still proving popular in cinemas, this month sees the release of a slew of new standout films. Spanning the genres of science fiction, anime, action and neo-Western, here’s our list of must-see movies this month.

Ghost in the Shell


It seems everyone is talking about Ghost in the Shell, a live action adaptation of the hit anime film from 1995, which was based on a Japanese manga series of the same name. Scarlett Johansson stars as Major, a human-cyborg hybrid who heads up an elite task force called Section 9. Major and her humanoid crew must eliminate an enemy that wants to sabotage Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology. Another reason to see this sci-fi flick is the fact that the futuristic setting was partly shot in Hong Kong, with scenes depicting Central and Victoria Harbour.

In theatres now

Fast & Furious 8: The Fate of the Furious


The Fast & Furious franchise is still going strong 16 years later, and this month will see another action-packed, explosion-filled blockbuster hit the big screen. Familiar faces like Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez are back once again, plus some new additions, including Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren. When the villainous Cipher (Theron) lures Dom (Diesel) back into the criminal world, the crew travels the globe to bring him back. Even those who love to hate the franchise won’t be able to look away. According to Slash Film editor Peter Sciretta, “The Fate of the Furious takes the ridiculousness of the franchise to a whole new level, yet feels very different. Should be a gigantic hit.”

In theatres 13 April

Hell or High Water


Set in Texas, two estranged brothers reunite to fight a common enemy – the bank that is threatening to foreclose on their family’s property. They exact their revenge by robbing branches of the bank, all while being pursued by Texas Ranger Marcus, played by Jeff Bridges (who is perhaps best known for his iconic portrayal of ‘The Dude’ in The Big Lebowski). The Guardian described the film as: “Part heist, part western for the Occupy generation, this sharply plotted thriller is a triumph for both director David Mackenzie and writer Taylor Sheridan.”

In theatres now

In This Corner of the World

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Japanese anime fans won’t want to miss the latest film by director Sunao Katabuchi, who has previously worked on several Studio Ghibli films. In This Corner of the World tells the story of Suzu Urano, a young woman who gets married in 1944 and finds herself helping to run a household in challenging wartime conditions. Then, just a year after her honeymoon, the bombs start falling and everything changes. Despite the despair, this film has a touching message: love trumps nationalism.

In theatres now

Text: Emily Petsko

Revamped AMC Pacific Place packs a punch

After a six-month renovation project, AMC Pacific Place is open for business and is set to bring a new theatrical and cinematic experience to Hong Kong. Designed to bring together the very latest in film-watching technology, the space has been uniquely designed to create a multi-sensory experience.

Visitors are greeted – in the imposing lobby – by a tree trunk which is complemented by the earthy interior design; materials such as wood and stone are amply used. The ceiling meanwhile features translucent hand-made ‘leaves’ creating a sense of nature and outside space. Rather cleverly, the tree-trunk also doubles up as the box office – a neat way to make a statement piece of art functional.

The real showstopper of the new development, however, is the ‘Oval Office.’ Named after the President of the United States’ official office, it aims to provide a hitherto unknown level of luxury for prestigious cinema-goers. Comfortably seating a maximum of 22 guests, the space is the perfect way to watch a film with your friends, family or even clients.

Before the film commences, guests of the Oval Office will receive complimentary nibbles and drinks in the exclusive VIP lounge before being seated. During the screening, dishes from elegant French restaurant Plat du Jour will be served to you; menus vary depending on the time of day. Top choices for March include Black Angus rib-eye burgers, poached tuna nicoise salad and panko crumb market fish. The plush reclining chairs, complete with call button, add to the experience.

Even without booking into the Oval Office, other cinema fans will also be able to enjoy an upgraded cinema experience. Revamping the traditional popcorn and hotdog offerings, AMC Pacific Place will also sell an array of delicious snacks to ticket holders, including the likes of Thai shrimp cakes, slow-cooked chicken Marengo as well as an amuse bouche selection.

A good deal of time has also been spent on the in-film experience and white screens have been placed in each screening room (or ‘house’ as they are known) for the ultimate clarity and brightness. The largest ‘house,’ the AMC Plus House, boasts an Auromax 3D Surround Sound System, the first Asian cinema to do so.

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Reel Deal: Five must-see movies in March

So far, it’s already looking to be a banner year for the film industry. Three of the movies currently playing in Hong Kong cinemas have won major awards, with some winning Oscars and Golden Globes. So what are you waiting for? Snag some tickets and grab some popcorn – there’s much to see.

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In what has been described as a coming-of-age story, Moonlight follows the life of Chiron – a gay black man – from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami. The film won both Best Drama Motion Picture at the Golden Globes and Best Picture at the Oscars (after an awkward mix-up in which La La Land was mistakenly named the winner).

In case you need another reason to see this moving film, several scenes in Moonlight are being compared to scenes from movies directed by Hong Kong’s very own Wong Kar-wai, whom Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has named as one of his film idols.

Manchester by the Sea
In theatres now


Casey Affleck, best known for his roles in Good Will Hunting and Gone Baby Gone, won Best Actor awards at the Oscars and Golden Globes for his portrayal of Lee, a working-class man from Massachusetts who suddenly becomes the legal guardian of his nephew when his brother dies. Perhaps not the most cheerful plot, but still an important film.  

As The Guardian puts it: “It is achingly raw and heartbreaking, and it will most likely devastate you. If that sounds like something you’d rather not experience, then it’s probably best to turn away now. But if you are able to stomach it, this film proves immensely rewarding.”

La La Land
In theatres now

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By now, you’ve probably heard something about this charming musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. And for good reason. With a number of awards under its belt, the film is hard not to love. It tells the story of Mia and Sebastian, an actress and jazz pianist trying to make it in the ‘City of Stars’ – Los Angeles. They accomplish things they never would have been able to do alone, but they also have to make sacrifices along the way.   

The film ends up being more movie than musical, with just enough song-and-dance numbers to keep viewers captivated, without the cheesiness that sometimes turns people off of classic musicals.

In theatres now

X-Men fans won’t want to miss Hugh Jackman’s last stand as Wolverine. It is the final action-packed chapter to feature one of
Marvel Comics’ most popular characters – “a fan-favourite anti-hero with memory issues, a grumpy demeanour, and those adamantium blades,” according to Slate.

“But it isn’t another loud, character-crammed, Easter egg–stuffed mutant adventure,” Slate’s review continues. “Instead it has a small cast, a dust-flecked setting, a tragic explanation for why most of the other X-Men are not there, and an aging, defeated Logan, who has never been more in need of redemption and who has never felt farther from it.”

Beauty and the Beast
Opens 16 March


Those who grew up watching the original cartoon version (1991) of this classic Disney musical – as well as those who loved watching it with their kids – will likely find the new, live-action rendition to be a rush of nostalgia. The film will feature many of the catchy tunes that viewers came to love in the original version, while also including three new original songs.

It is an unlikely love story between the ‘Beast,’ a prince who was cursed and turned into a monstrous creature, and Belle, the woman he imprisoned in his enchanted castle in exchange for her father’s freedom. Even better, it stars Emma Watson, the beloved actress who played everyone’s favourite witch, Hermione Granger, in the Harry Potter series.

Text: Emily Petsko