It’s a pretty name for a festival that is part of the official selection of Cannes. But the movies in this category are not competing for the Palme d’Or, but for the prize of Un Certain Regard . It’s a bit like a nursery, or an entry hall for the main competition.
This year’s offering is of a high quality, and we will come in a moment to some of the entries for this competition which takes place the day before the awarding of the Palme D’Or.
But first let’s enter the Debussy Theatre, close to the red carpet of the Grand Théâtre Lumière. Here, the carpet is more modest, but again you have to show your credentials (or rather pink accreditation) to go see the movies competing for Un Certain Regard …
Once in the room, the backdrop is similar to that of the films in the Official Competition, with music by Camille Saint-Saens “Carnival of the Animals”