Tippi Hedren

Tight security, an airbrushing scandal and high movie anticipation at the 70th Cannes Film Festival

Tight security, an airbrushing scandal and high movie anticipation at the 70th Cannes Film Festival

Now that France’s presidential election is over and 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron, dubbed “Le Kid” by local media, has been inaugurated, this country can turn to what’s really important: celebrating the 70th edition of Cannes, the world’s preeminent film festival.

That’s something of an exaggeration, of course, but not as much as you might think. The French take enormous pride in Cannes, spending more than 20 million euros of taxpayer money every year to put on an event that in 2015 attracted 30,421 film professionals, including a whopping 4,038 journalists.

Mindful of the April terror attack in Paris and an especially deadly one last year in Nice, just 18 miles away,...

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