Cannes Film Festival 2013.

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With hundreds of long-métrage films shown in its different sections, it is impossible to see all the films in Cannes. And this does not count numerous short ones and thousands of the Marché screenings organised by producers and filmmakers. If "Cannes is not about competition", as stated by Steven Spielberg, this year's Cannes official jury president, then it is - or it should be – simply about films. Different films from various countries around the world. Or more precisely, it is about the diversity of films, in terms of their topic, aesthetics, (non)auterism, genre classification or nationality. If one can speak about "national" films at all, as coproductions and internationalised film works flourish. Thus, one may wonder what nationality is represented in this year's French Palme d'Or and Fipresci prize winner Abdellatif Kechiche's La vie d'Adele – Chapitre 1 & 2, in which French actresses are directed by a Tunisian director in French language.

It does not become easier to nationally categorise other films either. For example, a film made by a Danish director in Bangkok with Thai actors and British and Canadian stars; or a USA film with a New York author and British acting stars with British accents; a French film directed by an Iranian, with an Argentine (this year's award-winning actress) and Iranian cast in French and Persian languages;

another French film with a global (Puerto Rican) star in English language, yet another French film with a global (Danish) star; a USA film with a French female star shot in English and Polish languages etc. Although films seem to have no nation in Cannes, two countries - France with seven and USA with five films - constituted 60% of the competition selection and, thus, dominated the competition, while the remaining films "came from" Japan, China, Mexico, Italy, Chad, Holland or Denmark.

Perhaps it does not come as a surprise that an equally international jury, consisting of such great film names as Steve Spielberg, Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz, Ang Lee, Christian Mungiu, Naomi Kawase, Lynne Ramsay, Daniel Auteuil and Vidya Balan, this year presented a great festival surprise, introducing an innovation regarding the most coveted festival prize. Palme d'Or was awarded (but not handed out yet) to three "authors" of the film, the director Abdellatif Kechiche, and the wonderful two actresses, Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopolous. Apart from this wonderful coup of unpredictability played by the grand jury, some of the other prizes were expected, rather to my joy, as they matched my most optimistic prognosis. 

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