Brits screened out

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

Quite a few na­tional noses are out of joint at Cannes this year be­cause cer­tain coun­tries have been shut out of the fes­ti­val com­pe­ti­tion for the Palme d’Or, among them Italy, Spain, Aus­tralia and Bri­tain. The un­kind joke do­ing the rounds on the Croisette is that the only Bri­tish film to screen in the Grand Au­di­to­rium of the Fes­ti­val Palais this year is the home movie made by the Rowan Atkin­son char­ac­ter and in­ad­ver­tently shown at the Cannes fes­ti­val in a se­quence from the re­cent Mr Bean’s Hol­i­day.

Still, the pres­i­dent of the fes­ti­val jury is Bri­tish, for only the sec­ond time in the event’s his­tory. The first was Dirk Bog­a­rde in 1984, and this year it’s di­rec­tor Stephen Frears, fresh from his suc­cess with

This week Frears re­called mak­ing the 1997 TV doc­u­men­tary, A Per­sonal His­tory of the Bri­tish Cin­ema. call it Bol­locks to Truf­faut, but Chan­nel 4 wouldn’t al­low me.” His orig­i­nal ti­tle was prompted by François Truf­faut’s ob­ser­va­tion that there was “a cer­tain in­com­pat­i­bil­ity be­tween the terms ‘cin­ema’ and ‘Bri­tish’.”

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