Cannes Film Festival: What did the Arab participation look like in this year’s edition?

  • Sherine Sharif
  • BBC

picture released, Reuters

A few days ago, the 75th Cannes International Film Festival concluded with the announcement of the “Triangle of Sorrow” by Swedish director Robin Ostlund as winning this year’s Palme d’Or.

The film carries a clear sarcastic tone, making fun of a certain class of European societies and exposing their view of art and the value of material things in comparison to human values.

Looking at most of the films that won festival awards this year, filmmakers raise questions about the role played by bias to certain political ideas at the expense of artistic value in selecting the winning films.

Part of this question extended to include part of the Arab attendance at the festival, which this year celebrated its diamond jubilee, and which was distinguished at the level of juries, but it was controversial with regard to the participating films, especially those that won prizes.