Cigars and Cannes
Posted: May 24, 2007 10:54am ET
Cigars still seem to be in fashion in the movie world, at least in Cannes. I was in the South of France for the annual film festival last weekend with some friends from Hong Kong, including Peter Lam and David Tang—both who also happen to own a piece of The Pacfic Cigar Company Ltd., the distributor of Cuban cigars in the Far East as well as Canada.
Lam is also a director of Media Asia, which is one of the largest film companies in the Far East. As I wrote earlier this week in my blog for Wine Spectator, he was in Cannes selling a new film he has coming out later this year called ‘Warlords,” which could redefine Chinese movies. It’s an epic film about three brothers battling together in what was known as the Taiping Rebellion (1850-1864) during the Qing Dynasty.
There are lots of battle scenes but also a gripping story of betrayal, adultery and brotherhood that we can all understand. It is action packed and full of saga—along the lines of “Braveheart.”
Anyway, there were plenty of cigars burning during the weekend and I noticed at just about every restaurant or club I was in a number of people were smoking cigars. Most were puffing on robustos such as Partagas Serie D No. 4 or Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2, but a few were even brave enough to smoke Churchills and double coronas.
There’s not much better than sitting in Cannes with a nice smoke in an outside café and watching the world go by—especially during the Film Festival.
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