Cannes Correspondences #1: Festival Takeoff

Cannes Correspondences #1: Festival Takeoff
Notebook is covering the Cannes Film Festival with an on going correspondence between critics Leonardo Goi and Lawrence Garcia, and editor Daniel Kasman.Top Gun: Maverick. Courtesy Paramount Pictures.Dear Lawrence and Leo, It’s so good to be back! Three years away from this strange and unique festival called Cannes, and I must say I missed it. The absolutely premium venue for the year’s most prestigious international cinema, seeing these premieres at Cannes on huge screens and with crowds carries with it the electricity that makes film—and moviegoing—so thrilling.Of course, Cannes being Cannes, this giddy delight, while beautifully framed by the Riviera beachfront, is surrounded, nay, choked by the wheelings and dealings of the Marché—the simultaneous film market that makes up the largest amount of people at the festival. There, films both premiering at the festival and not are negotiated over, sold, and bought.
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