Wes Anderson’s new film, The French Dispatch, starring Timothee Chamalet and Tilda Swinton, had its long-awaited premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday, and celebrating the occasion, Tilda Swinton had a few tricks up her sleeve. The actress was caught pranking her The French Dispatch co-star Timothee Chalamet after the film’s premiere.
During the standing ovation, Swinton, 60, seemed to embrace Chalamet, 25, to congratulate him for his work, but there was a hilarious ulterior motive behind it that flashed on the camera.
The actress was caught on camera — and on the jumbo screen — taping her “Tilda Swinton” sign, which was reserving her seat in the theater, on the back of her co-star Timothee Chalamet without him knowing. The Call Me By Your Name star put his hands up and smiled at the joke as the audience cheered on the cast.
The humorous exchange between the co-stars was captured by Variety executive editor Ramin Setoodeh, who shared video footage of the moment on Twitter. The prank was probably pulled off intentionally as those post premier moments of applause are captured on camera, giving a glimpse of the director, the stars, and producers in attendance.
For the premiere of Wes Anderson’s latest project at Cannes, Tilda Swinton and Timothee Chalamet were joined by co-stars Bill Murray, Hippolyte Girardot, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, and Lyna Khoudri.
The French Dispatch
Wes Anderson’s anthology film brings on-screen an sprawling ensemble. Set in the ’60s, The French Dispatch has been described as Anderson’s “love letter to journalism,” which follows three stories in the 20th century in France.
When asked about the plot by French publication Charente Libre in April 2019, Anderson replied that it was about “an American journalist based in France [who] creates [a] magazine. It’s more of a portrait of this man, of this journalist, who fights to write what he wants to write. It is not a film about freedom of the press, but when you talk about reporters you also talk about what’s going on in the real world.”
The film brings on board four-time Oscar winner costume designer Milena Canonero, who has created the pastel-hued looks for Anderson’s sepia-toned world. The screentime offers a treat for French fashion lovers with spectacular skirt suits, turtlenecks, and berets.