On December 19th noteworthy guests invited by hosts Lady Monika Bacardi, Andrea Iervolino, and Simon Aboud gathered to celebrate the anticipated launch of the contemporary film, This Beautiful Fantastic. An intimate pre-screening cocktail event was held from 5:30PM-7:30 PM at the luxurious ONYX Room at the Park Hyatt New York hotel followed by a special screening of This Beautiful Fantastic at the School of Visual Arts Theatre at 8 PM.
Celebrities such as legendary musician Paul McCartney, Lilla Soria and hosts Lady Monika Bacardi, Andrea Iervolino and Simon Aboud attended the evenings cocktail and screening to lend their support, including the event sponsors DuJour Media, Gilt, JetSmarter, and elit® Vodka. “This evening is a wonderful mix of cinema, culture, and style. Gilt and Gilt City help bring those worlds to our members so we’re thrilled to celebrate this great new film in the company of its director, producers and Sir Paul McCartney, one of music’s iconic legends,” said Jonathan Greller, President of Gilt.
In the early evening, guests graced the Park Hyatt New York hotel’s breathtaking ONYX Room to toast to the occasion. 250 guests filled the dramatic room covered from floor to ceiling in back lit white-onyx panels, enjoyed signature elit® Vodka, Bayou Rum® cocktails, Arinzano wines, and passed hors d’oeuvres including vegan delights such as chickpea onion sliders prepared in-house by the Park Hyatt New York hotel. David Seelinger’s EmpireCLS provided courtesy transportation for the evening for select VIP’s and film guests.
Brent Lamberti, elit® Vodka Global Ambassador, added “we want to thank DuJour for selecting elit® to create the cocktails for this fantastic event and remarkable group. On behalf of Stoli Group, a sincere ‘congratulations’ to the filmmakers on bringing their vision and passion to the silver screen.”
Following “a final toast/last words” by Jason Binn, attendees departed the Park Hyatt Hotel to arrive at the School of Visual Arts theatre in the heart of Chelsea for a private screening of This Beautiful Fantastic. Before entering the elegant lobby, celebrity guests including Paul McCartney, Lady Monika Bacardi, and many more walked the carpet for final interviews and images. The screening premiered at 8:00 PM with over 200 guests in attendance to watch the contemporary fairy tale.
“On behalf of JetSmarter, our team was delighted to be a part of tonight’s film premiere of This Beautiful Fantastic, alongside DuJour Media and Gilt Group, amongst the other prominent sponsors, as they are all brands that align with JetSmarter’s clientele,” said Gennady Barsky, Vice Chairman and President of JetSmarter.
This Beautiful Fantastic, set against the backdrop of a beautiful garden in London, revolves around the unlikely friendship between a cantankerous widower and reclusive young woman who dreams of being a children’s book author. Renowned Actress Jessica Brown Findlay and Actor Tom Wilkinson co-star in the film.
“It’s a great way to go into the holidays, and we are excited to be part of a great ensemble,” remarked DuJour Founder, Jason Binn. “Tonight was filled with a vibrant group of people and it was so sweet to see Paul McCartney fly in to support our collaboration and his son-in-law’s film. McCartney must be so happy for Simon and his daughter Mary.”
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