Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Cannes Film Festival to Spotlight Label-Defying and French-Made Movies

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Cannes Film Festival to Spotlight Label-Defying and French-Made Movies

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THE 47th Cannes International Film Festival opened May 12 with a cavalcade of limousines, celebrities, stargazers, and press. Clint Eastwood took his post as jury president, accompanied by his vice president, Catherine Deneuve, the French actress. The French Riviera town remains under seige by critics and film buffs until the festival ends May 23.

The event has several categories: This year, 23 movies will be shown as part of the Official Competition, with a number of films being screened out of competition. Major events include: "A Certain Look," which showcases works that are unusual, difficult, or resist labels; International Critics' Week, where films chosen by French reviewers are shown; the Directors' Fortnight, which highlights the pictures of renowned directors; and Perspectives on French Cinema, which is the host country's self-promotional series.

For competing films, the most important prize is the Golden Palm, which is given out on the festival's final evening, May 23. …

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