Cannes Struggles for Relevance in Shrinking Movie Business


Cannes 2019: While the U.S. was riveted by the last episode of ”Game of Thrones“ on Sunday, Cannes fiddled to the tune of Terrence Malick’s three-hour opus ”A Hidden Life“

There’s a fair amount of existential angst at the Cannes Film Festival this year, as those from the movie industry who are here to do business ask themselves what remains of the business to do.

It isn’t a particularly new fact that the Cannes Film Festival occupies an uncomfortable niche in the movie business. The festival brings films from all over the world, often from many of the same directors — this year includes festival regulars from Pedro Almodóvar to Claude Lelouch to Asif Kapadia to the Dardenne brothers — but hardly any of them will get wide distribution around the world, and certainly not at all in the United States.

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Sharon Waxman

Sharon Waxman, is the founder, CEO and Editor in Chief of TheWrap. She is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, and was a Hollywood correspondent for The New York Times. Twitter: @sharonwaxman