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Political culture at Cannes


Politicians and actors have one thing in common – they know how to play to an audience. Several of Europe’s ministers of culture have been gracing the red carpet at Cannes. It was to mark the first of three days devoted specifically to European talent and filmmakers.

Behind the scenes, meetings and presentations were held to promote government support of a European film industry. But, up front, the films kept on rolling…

Manderlay is set in Alabama in the 1930s and is the second part of a trilogy. Its stars are relatively unknown unlike its predecessor, Dogville, but, as usual, its director, Lars Von Trier did not mince his words. “We are a nation under influence, under a really bad influence of America right now, because it is clear Mr. Bush is an asshole and doing a lot of idiotic things….but I’m not going to talk about Bush,” he said.

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