It was Cannes in a time of crisis.
Less money, fewer parties and less ostentation, significantly fewer people, the bars of the big hotels virtually empty at times, tables easily available at many popular restaurants, the various trade publications noticeably slimmer as advertizing plummeted, a decline so steep that they simply stopped publishing by Day 8.
It was a Cannes of lowered expectations, and conflicting results, with some territories selling for 20% of what they used to, with a few sales companies reporting record years, but most expecting catastrophe, grumbling about expenses and relieved to secure minimums on the products they were flogging.
This was my 21st Cannes, and it was a great Cannes, maybe the best of all.
The good news is that below the surface, in the trenches, at parties, or on the lawn of the...