A million-dollar jewelry heist at Cannes has some people wondering if life was imitating art in the south of France.
When $1 million worth of Chopard jewelry went missing from a hotel room in Cannes Thursday, more than a few people noticed strange similarities between the robbery and the plot of Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," which premiered at the French festival the same day.
Although investigators are eyeing hotel employees as potential suspects in the robbery, in which the safe in a Chopard employee's hotel room was stolen, festival attendees are delighting in the real-life parallels to Coppola's film.
"Are you sure it wasn't the actors from 'The Bling Ring'?" asked William Morris Agency executive Cassian Elwes.
But Emma Watson, who plays a member of the titular ring of robbers in the film, could only deny any connection to the theft -- and provide an alibi.
"Someone stole like a million pounds worth of Chopard jewelry from Cannes? I promise it wasn't me!" she told the Hollywood Reporter. "It's crazy. That's really, really weird. I promise I'm innocent."
"I promise I had nothing to do with it! I went nowhere near the suites -- I can have someone vouch for my whereabouts at the time of the robbery!"
Some cynical attendees wondered if the whole thing was a publicity stunt engineered by Chopard itself, but the luxury jewelry maker confirmed the burglary.
At a press conference Thursday, Chopard communication director Raffaela Rossiello said the value of the lifted items was considerably less than the $1.4 million estimated by local police, and the pieces were not bound for the Cannes red carpet.
Chopard crafts the Palme d'Or trophy, awarded to the best film in the competition, as well as the best actor and best actress trophies.