Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sometimes they Cannes, sometimes they can't

Judging from all reports I've read, the 2012 Cannes Film Festival maintained an air of decorum while drawing to a conclusion today. Trust me: That isn't always the case at the world's most famous film fest. Back in 1987, when Maurice Pialat's Under Satan's Sun was announced winner of the Palme d'Or, many folks in the audience at the awards ceremony responded with boos and rude comments. Pialat responded to that response with a classic bit of defiance. I was in the press room when this happened -- and my colleagues and I howled with laughter at the spectacle.

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