Stone, Portman and Coen brothers to host Cannes AIDS gala

29th April 2015, Comments 0 comments

Sharon Stone, Natalie Portman and Cannes jury presidents the Coen brothers will host a star-studded AIDS fundraising gala on the sidelines of next month's glamorous French film festival, organisers said Wednesday.

The annual bash organised by the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) will take place on May 21 at the luxury Eden Roc hotel in Antibes, a town down the road from Cannes.

Hollywood star and Cannes jury member Jake Gyllenhaal will also be in attendance along with actresses Milla Jovovich, Diane Kruger, Isabella Rossellini, and Formula One racing champion Lewis Hamilton.

American singer Mary J. Blige and rockers Imagine Dragons will perform at the glittering event.

The gala, one of the top social events in the European diary, raised a record $35 million (31 million euros) last year and was attended by the likes of Marion Cotillard, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, John Travolta, Kylie Minogue and Gael Garcia Bernal.

A table for 10 went for 120,000 euros and guests could buy their napkin rings for around 3,000 euros.

AmfAR supports HIV research, prevention, treatment, education and the advocacy of AIDS-related public policy.

Since 1993, the amfAR gala -- "Cinema Against AIDS" -- has raised $140 million dollars (125 millions euros).


© 2015 AFP

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