Cannes -Politics Dominate, Leave Room for Fast Food
Cannes -Politics Dominate, Leave Room for Fast Food - by By Deepa A.
If this year's Oscar ceremony showcased movies that did not shy away from making radical statements — be it about the unhealthy American interest in the Middle East's oil reserves or the racist underbelly of Los Angeles — the 59th Cannes Film Festival, which ended on Sunday, May 28, managed to move the focus away from the flashbulb-popping, red-carpet-hopping decadence that otherwise defines it to reward filmmakers bearing strong political messages.
Almost as if he were summing up those serious overtones, the surprise winner of this year's top prize, Palme d'Or, director Ken Loach, said in his acceptance speech that his movie The Wind That Shakes The Barley was a "little step" toward the British "confronting their imperial history. Maybe if we tell the truth about the past, we can tell the truth about the present."