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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 11:23

Watching Films Now? Why We Still Care About the Cannes Film Festival

Written by  FirstShowing

"The most amazing thing is that every single person who sees a movie, not necessarily one of my movies, brings a whole set of unique experiences. Now, through careful manipulation and good storytelling, you can get everybody to clap at the same time, to hopefully laugh at the same time, and to be afraid at the same time.

" (–Steven Spielberg) With the world the way it is right now, why should we care about movies? Why does anyone want to hear about cinema when there's so much bad happening all around, when there's so much else to worry about? As I make my way to the 70th Cannes Film Festival, I have an answer to this question that has been on my mind for a few weeks ever since a quote first popped up on Twitter. And it's a vital reminder of how important it is to still give time to cinema, art, & entertainment no matter what.

This is my 8th year back to Cannes, and as always I'm very excited to return. But, of course, I write the same introductory post year after year. But this year seems a bit different. (Doesn't it? Have you looked at the news recently?) One of the teaser trailers for the new film Redoubtable by Michel Hazanavicius playing at the festival (about French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard) includes a hilarious exchange between Godard and a friend marching in a protest with him during the late 1960s.

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