And what of the festival itself, only one year shy of the solemn and crass ceremony sure to mark its 60th edition? Pre-revolutionary as Cannes's customs may be, the festival remains almost millennial in its underlying credo. Cinema à la Cannes aspires to the universal and transcendentthe medium is something more than a business and beyond entertainment. For 12 carnivalesque days, movies aren't just cake, they're the bread of life and even sacramental wafer.
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