SPECIAL REPORT FROM CANNES
Love and other nightmares filled the first half of the 65th Cannes Film Festival. There's post-Revolution love from Egypt, and the love that finds its final destiny, as love should, in death. There are the usual sidekicks of love, such as loneliness and the desire to be recognised, in the heart and in the flesh, in one's own territory and in others. It's both helpful and futile to try to find a common theme in the competition titles at the most frenzied and influential movie festival on Earth, but please allow me to indulge in the activity as a cure to the unusually wet weather that has rendered the mood rather gloomy in this war zone of film criticism.
Austrian director Ulrich Seidl (2nd left) arrives with actors Margarete Tiesl (left), Peter Kazungu (2nd right) and Inge Maux (right) for the screening of Paradies: Liebe (Paradise: Love) during the 65th Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes.
Journalists arrive in Cannes just like solders arrive at a trench battle, and the cold spring rain that soaked the famous red carpet has made the analogy even more fitting.
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