Red carpet, fake smiles, ignored cries for attention, screaming fans and made up couples are just the curtain of what is called Cannes Festival. In fact, its real face is hidden at the backstage, where all the eye-hurting sparkles and flashlights get replaced with human feelings and looks. The ones that skip cameras, get finally relaxed and act out, the ones that don’t, concentrate on the one and two luckies who appeared in that private or not so much territory. Catching harsh or truly heartwarming words concerning the premiere, seeing a not-from-this-world star calling home to ask for the recent news, observing the really nervous and supporting spirit of the film cast before the premiere, reveals today’s cinema’s inner world, covered by spotless tuxedos and high heels. Seems like you can never guess what do these high-end actors really feel about all the mess around themselves, they can make you believe to any emotion they show. But here in the backstage, even the actors play themselves. Concentrating on this hardly ever resulted in commercial success and acknowledgement - things that most people run after getting into the Cannes.But I believe this is something people outside the curtains should see. Concerned about what really happens behind the curtains, I tried to capture every single real expression of the people that love to pretend.
Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke being late for his “Amour” film premiere press conference and about to enter the venue from the backdoor  (© PanARMENIAN Photo / Vahan Stepanyan)
American actress Reese Witherspoon giving signatures to her fans after “Mud” film press conference
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Danish-American actor Sam Riley English actor Viggo Mortensen dancing to their “On the Road” film soundtrack after everyone left after the premiere (© PanARMENIAN Photo / Vahan Stepanyan)
American actor Paul Giamatti talking to his colleagues and waiting for his companion to leave “Cosmopolis” film premiere venue (© PanARMENIAN Photo / Vahan Stepanyan)
Spanish actress Rossy de Palma getting out in the middle of a film premiere and, obliged to stay out until the end, having fun and posing for photographers (© PanARMENIAN Photo / Vahan Stepanyan)
American actor Matthew McConaughey after hearing a compliment from his colleague Reese Witherspoon during the “Mud” film Premiere Red Carpet (© PanARMENIAN Photo / Vahan Stepanyan)
American actor Chris Rock leaving from “Madagascar 3” photocall (© PanARMENIAN Photo / Vahan Stepanyan)
British actress Tilda Swinton came earlier to communicate with fans and media before the Festival’s Opening Night Dinner (© PanARMENIAN Photo / Vahan Stepanyan)
English actor Robert Pattinson is waiting for his team to come to leave after the “Cosmopolis” film premiere
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Polish-French director Roman Polanski before the screening of restored version of his 1979 film Tess during the Festival’s Opening night Gala (© PanARMENIAN Photo / Vahan Stepanyan)
American actor Shia LaBeouf posing before his turn at the photocall of “Lawless” film
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Photographer Ellen von Unwerth having fun with fellow photographers during Martini party dedicated to herself
(© PanARMENIAN Photo / Vahan Stepanyan)
Acting themselves / Cannes'12