All Politics, All The Time at Cannes

“If there’s been a story that has actually managed to prick the bubble of star-struck and self-absorbed Cannes Film Festival, it’s been politics. Politics of all kinds, local and international, electoral and cultural, screen and off, but especially the war in Iraq. If the premiere on Monday of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 made the biggest explosion in that regard, further rumblings have been felt just about everywhere.” If film is a reflection of society, there can be no question that the current American government, with its neoconservative bent and aggressive foreign policy, is the hottest cultural topic in the world today, and no one at Cannes seems to be above throwing in his/her two cents.