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    Sometimes transcendental, always relevant

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 25/05/2018

    » The American films were on short supply this year at Cannes -- which in turn deprived the assembly line of red carpet material -- but nobody seemed to mind that except, well, some American media and fashion bloggers. That superfluous caveat aside, the recently wrapped 71st Cannes Film Festival was nearly unanimously praised as one of the best editions in recent memory, with a string of good, sometimes very good, titles playing night after night -- and even the bad films weren't so offensively bad, as was often the case. In the midst of soul-searching following the question of relevance (the world wants Avengers), the rise of streaming (the world watches films on phones), the decline of arthouse popularity, Cannes insists on the sacredness of cinema, on the future of the art, and this year it paid off solidly.

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    The Cannes spectacle begins

    Life, Published on 08/05/2018

    » The 71st Cannes Film Festival opens tonight and for the next 10 days its red-carpet glitz, cinematic debates and potential controversies will dominate the news cycle -- exhaust it, to be precise. While security was a talking point last year, the world's largest movie event in 2018 has already invoked discussion through several structural changes -- from moving the opening to Tuesday instead of Wednesday, the revamp of the press screening schedule that has never changed for decades, and notably the selection of films that hints at Cannes' readiness to become less predictable.

  • LIFE

    Cannes you see it?

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 01/01/2016

    » With Ingrid Bergman gazing from the poster, the 68th Cannes Film Festival opens tonight, carrying the usual weight of the world's premier battleground of cinema as art, commerce and glamour.

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