Cannes’s New Look

“Comedies, documentaries, animated features and genre films join the usual art-house fare in this year’s Cannes International Film Festival, which has undergone a substantial overhaul following numerous complaints that last year’s selection was one of the worst in the festival’s history. After three years in the understudy role, Cannes artistic director Thierry Frémaux is completely in charge of the festival for the first time this year and he seems determined to shake off Cannes’s cobwebs, along with its reputation as a self-congratulatory club for a handful of admired but little-watched veteran directors surrounded by photo opportunities for many famous movie stars.”