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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Stars dazzle at Cannes Film Festival

(France) – The Cannes film festival is buzzing this year with a string of hit movies in the official lineup, a procession of stars on the red carpet and plenty of eagerly awaited titles still to come. The unseasonably cold, wet weather has done little to dampen spirits among the famously picky critics and journalists on the French Riviera to interview, photograph and film everyone from A-list celebrities to obscure auteur directors.
While the distractions for the 4,000-strong media presence seem endless amid stunts, parties and big movie deals, the backbone of the festival remains the main competition, this year comprising 22 movies with a strong US presence.
But again the two European film makers, both previous winners of the coveted Palme d’Or for best picture have set the pace as Cannes hit its halfway point. Austrian Michael Haneke, who won in 2009 with “The White Ribbon” and wowed audiences four years earlier with “Hidden”, has done it again this year with “Love” (“Amour”), a sombre, French-language drama about an elderly couple facing death.
While Cannes thrives on Hollywood hype and celebrity, it also has a reputation for showcasing serious, hard-hitting dramas made by respected directors.

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