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Cannes vs America

What appeared to be anti-Americanism at the Cannes film festival was really a renewal in film language

By Mark Cousins   July 2003

The 56th festival de Cannes was, like the previous 55, a quixotic act of horizon-gazing. Ten thousand delegates from all over the world gathered in the May sunshine in the idealistic belief that Lauren Bacall’s famous maxim-“The film industry is shit, it’s the medium that’s great”-has something to it. Of the hundreds of film festivals around the world, Cannes remains the highest article of faith-the place where everyone still agrees that cinema is Art with a capital A. People queue in cocktail dresses in the hot sun for the honour of seeing a new Korean pansori film with no stars.…

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