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Yes we Cannes!

Question : what is 64 and more glamour than ever ? Cannes cinema festival of course! Presented by Mélanie "the fairy" Laurent, with a whole bunch of stars attending – Robert de Niro, Salma Hayek, Woody Allen... – this year's launching ceremony has proven more promising than ever. But Cannes is not about glitz and glitter only. Behind the red carpet and bubbling parties lays a challenging competition between the world's best directors. Please switch your cellphone off as IntoFrench takes you to the backstage of this outstanding event.

Less boundaries, more pleasure

When asked at the jury's first press conference what she expected from this edition of Cannes festival, Uma Thurman replied "I came to get inspired" – full video here. The answer was not only a refreshing sally from the recently-turned-producer actress, it was also a tribute to the festival's whole philosophy. Ever since it's founding in the 40ies – full history here, Cannes festival has always looked for films that would challenge the common and redefine what to expect when going to the movies. Throughout the years, the event has focused on works that rejected taboos and repelled the boundaries of form – a policy that was not without its lot of scandals. Those principles still guide today's organisers.

Different selections, one aim

Cannes cinema festival has become the annual Mecca of a globalising film industry. Each year in May meet on la croisette not only the stars and starlets of western fashionable movies but also hundreds of professionals (directors, producers, distributors...) from all over the world. For the managing team, this success is synonym with tougher choices as more films try their luck at being selected. Parallel sections have thus appeared in the festival's screenings. The more prestigious one remains the "official selection" – see this year's 20 movies here – under scrutiny of a hand-picked jury attributing Cannes Grail, the Palme d'Or. But other gripping competitions have blossomed behind this eminent contest, such as La Semaine de la Critique awarding first and second feature films or The director's fortnight promoting avant garde independent minded cinema. The global motto being that if Cannes fuss is useful for one thing, it must be helping movies to reach their public. Hadrien Diez

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