Does Cannes still matter?

For two weeks, Cannes is the frontlines of international cinema. From here, many new films by established and emerging auteurs will make their way to festivals and movie theaters all around the world, via pacts and partnerships announced or forged here in France.

What I’ve always loved about this fest is that people take cinema so seriously here. Movies ignite debates and stir arguements. Where else but in Cannes would moviegoers booing a film by a Danish art film director stir international media attention. Granted, “Antichrist” stars Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg, but the immediate attention drawn by the contentious debut over the new Lars Von Trier film reiterated to me why Cannes matters. It matters because cinema still matters.

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