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Helena Lindblad: The hot issues are missing in Cannes

During ten hectic days in may descends the cannes festival as a giant, glam ostkupa over a square mile of the French riviera and shut out the outside world. It is all about the very latest in cinema. No one's talking about anything else. This year, it is also a little provocative how few of the selected titles – with some exceptions – that reflects what is happening outside the bubble. The climate crisis, the political polarization and the other's fatal questions shines largely by its absence.

managed to block out the loaded Netflixdebatten (triggered by French cinema operators who protested against the festival earlier sounded Netflixfilmer without the biodistribution compete). Not a single one of strömningsjättens movies – despite the fact that it is reported on the peace talks – is visible in the program this year. On the other hand, the hard-boiled Amazonproducerade series ”To old to die young – north of Hollywood, west of hell” by the Danish festivalälsklingen Nicolas Winding Refn (”The Neon Demon”, ”the Only Good forgives”) to show that Cannes is still not tv-hostile.

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the male-dominated competition has also been exceptionally lame in years, despite the fact that festivalchefen Thierry Frémaux – who wrote in a 50/50 agreement last year – only managed to scrape together four female directors (out of twenty). A cautious improvement, but hardly impressive.

In sidoserien Un certain regard, however, see it much better, almost half of the films have women behind the camera, which is a record for the over seventy-year-old festival. Last year the mighty mighty me too-demonstration of the actress on the red carpet seems to belong to history.

If the festival turns inward, towards the cinema, instead of outwards, they could in any case hardly have found a more dignified Guldpalmsjury to raise its artistic status. It regissörsstarka the society is led by the head of jury Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu (”The Revenant”, ”the Birdman”). Who would not like to be a fly on the wall when Yorgos Lanthimos (”The favourite”, ”The lobster”), in the clinch with Pawel Pawlikowski (”Cold war”, ”Ida”), Kelly Reichardt (”Night moves”, ”Meek's cutoff”) and Robin Campillo (the”120 shots a minute”) on the most worthy winner?

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