>The Red Carpet Tales

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Judi Dench, who received a lifetime achievement award

This saturday happened the European Film Awards in Copenhagen, the first time ever the city hosted the not so old and traditional event, but nevertheless considered an important prize for the european film industry. Being a movie fan, and having the opportunity to see a red carpet live for the first time in my life, I didn’t hesitate to go, despite the horrid danish weather (I held a camera in my bare hands for over two hours and survived to tell this litte story). I arrived about one hour before the red carpet started, thinking I couldn’t even get a good spot among the “crowd”. Crowd? There weren’t more than 10 people in the place, including a trio of animated teenager girls, a woman with a child and a small group holding apparently great DSLR cameras and large notebooks. The red carpet was short, one could stand in two different sides, either the left or the right and in the middle there was a stupid division that didn’t allow the actors, like Judi Dench, to walk freely from one side to the other. Later I realized that nominated people or people associated with the award in general entered through the left side, and I was standing in the right…

Thomas Vinterberg (Festen‘s director and one of the dogma founders) and family. The girl in the right thinks: Where the heck are the stars?

Around 6pm the first guests started to come, an annonymous crowd usually dressed in the most terrible fashion (think boots in a gala event), but the funniest was to notice those types who seem to find themselves so important for doing a 12 seconds walk in a red carpet. By my side, two young women in their bikes took a good look and said “What a boring red carpet!”, and then left. Later a guy with a huge dog stopped by and more women with their babies (!). The place was still nearly empty, and I asked myself if one would have had a similar picture in another city, but CPH. I guess not. By the end, it looked like 50 people or less watched the red carpet, it was definitely the saddest red carpet ever made. Lack of interest? Not enough publicity, perhaps? Both? Lack of real movie stars? Neither James McAvoy nor Kristin Scott Thomas, both nominated, appeared. The only real celebrity was Dame Judi Dench, as I can’t count danish actors and directors like Paprika Steen (who plays the sister in Festen) and Mads Mikkelsen (the villain in Cassino Royale and the lead actor in After the Wedding) as big celebrities, among others.

Mads Mikkelsen and a short glimpse of Wim Wenders’ back

Besides knowing a bunch of directors by their names, films they made, I just don’t know what they look like (do you?). Wim Wenders, filmmaker and president of the film academy, walked by three times, and I only realized who he actually was when he was standing with a bouquet of flowers, waiting for the very late crown princess Mary. A group of spanish people walked by, possibly the ones behind El Orfanato? What about a short italian guy, would he possibly be Gomorra‘s director? I had no idea, and frankly, I didn’t give a damn. The only director I really wanted to see was Lars von Trier, but as expected, he didn’t bother walking through the red carpet. Around 8pm, the pre-event was over, no glamorous gowns and red lipstick, no screaming fans, no warmth, no life, as an ordinary dark and depressing winter evening, with the exception of a couple of searchlights that illuminated the sky, playful.
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27 Comments to “>The Red Carpet Tales”

  1. >Romeika, eu acho o European Film Awards extremamente chique. Gostei da sua cobertura do evento!!Judi Dench mereceu o tal reconhecimento, pelo menos pra mim. Kristin, pelo o que parece, também iria vencer, mesmo eu tendo a certeza de que a vitoriosa seria Sally Hawkins. Gomorra fez a sua esperada rapa e etc…Ah, gostei da sua citação sobre Mads Mikkelsen. Um ator notável.Beijos!!

  2. >Ahhh, não sabia que ira postar sobre o Red Carpet por isso não te citei no Bit! Agora citei!! Hahahahaha. Beijos!

  3. >lucky you to see an actual red carpet event! and so what if you were the only one, and it was freezing cold. judi dench is reason enough to be there. i'm sure a few of the red carpet people looked over at you and whispered among themselves: look! there's romeika!

  4. >that totally happends to me, that i know the name but i didn't see the face. hahha…

  5. >Looks like you had fun, even though the weather didn't cooperate.

  6. >Nice post, keep up the good work

  7. >I love Judy Dench!! What an incredible opportunity you had going there, honestly!

  8. >Romeika, que bom que você conseguiu ir ao tapete vermelho. Você estava num local ótimo! As fotos estão maravilhosas. E eu, se tivesse ido ao evento, teria ficado perdidinha, porque conheço muito poucas personalidades do cinema europeu!

  9. >judi dench is one of my all time favorites!

  10. >wow you were so close there, i never have attended a red carpet event but i would love to. judi dench is a marvellous actress, you are lucky.by the way, you have been awarded in my blog,check it out ;)->http://lostinscarlettjohansson.blogspot.com/2008/12/lostinscarlettjohansson-blogspot.html

  11. >Olá Romeika!Obrigada pelo lindo comentário no meu blog, fico feliz que tenha gostado do novo layout…ainda estou me acostumando com a nova cara…heheMil beijos!!

  12. >Ah não, Romeika, assim você me deixa com inveja!!! Hehehehe. Só por ver a Judi Dench já valeu todo o esforço, sem falar que até nas celebridades como o Mads Mikkelsen eu tenho algum interesse. Enfim, parabéns!

  13. >This is so cool! Now that I think about it, I lived in LA for some time and never felt like attending any red carpet event… because those are seriously crowded, hahaha… and I guess I'm not that patient after all if I'm not guaranteed to see someone I like haha.

  14. >Judi Dench is marvelousss…love her.~You have a lovely new week dear!

  15. >I'm impressed you saw Mads Mikkelsen! He was great in After the Wedding

  16. >Awww, you got see a red carpet event! That is sooo cool! I wish I had an opportunity like that!BTW, my blog's address has changed and is now http://www.fashionaddictgirl.com, so if you have the time, could you change it on your blog roll? Thanks!

  17. >Great post, loved it. And even if it wasn't the most glamourest of red carpets, I would have loved to have been there too! =DCiao!

  18. >Love Dame Judi Dench! And of course! Your write up for the oh so boring red carpet! It's so candid!

  19. >Lucky you, I cant believe there werent more people there

  20. >Romeika, este teu post foi linkado no blog "Film Experience", do Nathaniel Rogers. Parabéns!!!!!!!!! :-)http://filmexperience.blogspot.com/2008/12/room-with-link.html

  21. >Kau, eu nunca vi a premiação (estou esperando o domingo pra ver a reprise na TV), mas confio na sua opinião. O EFA pode até ser chique, mas o red carpet está longe disso (pelo menos esse q eu pude presenciar). E não sou apenas eu q estou resmungando, pois jornais daqui criticaram o fato de eles não convidarem estrelas, inclusive taxaram o prêmio e os organizadores de esnobes por esse motivo. Valeu pelo link e bjs!Seraphine, yes, it was worth it, I mean, Judi Dench was there, right?:) And seeing Thomas Vinterberg, the guy who directed my fav danish film was also cool. And oh right, I'm so famous hahahaMolly, yes, but luckily there was a couple of freelance photographers there who knew more than I did:) "Look, it's Gabriel Axel who directed Babbete's Feast" haha Deep in Vogue, thanks:)Kamila, obrigado! 🙂 Eu não estava assim tão superperto, quem ficou do lado esquerdo é que levou a melhor.. Esta segunda foto, por exemplo, e o vídeo, foram feitos com zoom. A tal divisão boba no tapete vermelho é que foi uó.. Não tinha visto este link no blog do Nathaniel, nossa, que legal! Valeu por me avisar;-)Miss_Scarlett, Judi Dench made it all worth it, but she totally ignored the red carpet's right side, where I was:( Not even a little stop to allow us to take a good picture. I even filmed her, but only got her back, while she was giving autographs on the other side.Vinícius, mais tarde descobri que uma colega de sala mexicana trabalhou no festival pra ajudar a equipe do filme "O Orfanato" a se situar, com a língua, etc, inclusive ela assistiu ao show e sentou na mesa deles. Inveje ela, não a mim hehehehe Valeu;-)Rita, if I lived in LA, or NY city or London.. I swear, I'd struggle for taking a picture next to my fav stars/directors in every possible interesting red carpet event haha:-)Lenore, you too!Wally, yup, it was fun after all:)Penelope, glad you liked it:)Fashion Dreamer, it was indeed weird the lack of public, but I guess, that's danish people… 🙂

  22. >wow que descrição! parecia que estava assistindo em directo!

  23. >Just the other day I realized I didn't know what Gus Van Sant looked like until I saw a picture of him. There aren't many directors that are famous in their own right, maybe Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg…David Lynch, maybe, because he's kind of unusual looking…

  24. >Just to reply to your comment on my post:DI GET what you mean! It's insane how a white tee and jeans could make someone look a million bucks!!I guess the secret is in the shoes=p HAHA

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