Why Cannes has lost the plot

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The 71st Cannes Film Festival officially opened on Tuesday evening, and over the next two weeks the Riviera town will be bustling with cinema stars, directors, producers and hopeful actors, hundreds of journalists, TV crews and crowds of sightseers. But not Mediapart, whose cinema critic Emmanuel Burdeau sets out here why he sees no sense in covering an event that has lost touch with the evolutions of the so-called "seventh art”.  

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A largely joyful occasion, the press conference on April 12th to present the official selection for the 71st Cannes Film Festival was nevertheless not entirely without gravity, and notably the ire expressed by the president and the director of the world’s foremost cinema festival over the taking of selfies on the red-carpeted steps of the venue.