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Eyes on the Prizes

Chanel brings French flair to Tribeca

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Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich   
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Not that the Tribeca Film Festival needs an extra dose of glamour. But industry types like Matthew Modine have come to appreciate the star-studded dinner that a certain French house throws every year. "This feels like a Chanel party because it's a lot of cool people," the actor and short-film director noted last night, scanning Balthazar's model-packed dining room for the likes of Ron Howard, Rupert Friend, and Sophia Loren.

The latter, who'd arrived early, was being solicitously attended to by festival cofounder Robert De Niro. The official guests of honor, though, were the artists who'd donated works of theirs as festival prizes—one lucky filmmaker, for example, will be taking home a Modine C-print of Stanley Kubrick's director's chair.

Waiters pushed through with fruits de mer and steak frites. Mickey Sumner, who's serving on the festival jury for Best New Narrative Director, joined a table with Harley Viera-Newton and Lily Aldridge. Cat Power was seated with fellow chanteuse Sophie Auster, who had improvised a safety-pin fix for her Chanel suspenders.

Tory Burch has been working on a book to be released this fall and was happy to have a break. "This is the perfect environment," the designer decided. "Big, open, lots of mirrors, and the lighting is pretty good"—something the movie people, no doubt, appreciated as much as the fashionistas.

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