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The great theme of cinema at the moment is vengeance. And our appetite for punishment seems to be getting more ferocious

By Mark Cousins   July 2009

I’m on the balcony of a small, shabby apartment in Cannes, the day after the 62nd edition of its famous film festival. I’m looking out to a grey-blue Mediterranean sea. Beyond the palm trees in the foreground, their fronds motionless in the twilight air, there’s a watercolour corniche and the promise of something other than film. I can smell garlic and, I think, anchovies. I reek of aftersun and my eyes have never been more tired. I’ve been here for a fortnight, during which time I chatted with Martin Scorsese about a new foundation I am setting up with Tilda…

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