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Love is in the air at the Cannes Film Festival, as the jury sits down Sunday to choose its prizewinners.
Abbas Kiarostami has found inspiration far from home.
If Nanni Moretti had his way, what happened in Cannes would stay in Cannes.
Despite the mood in Europe, don't expect any austerity at the Cannes Film Festival, the annual Cote d'Azur extravaganza where glamour is wrapped in world cinema fervor and gauzy Mediterranean sunshine.
In a Cannes lineup packed with veteran auteurs _ Michael Haneke, Abbas Kiarostami, Alain Resnais _ and relative newcomers like Lee Daniels and Andrew Dominik, here are six films to watch out for among the 22 contenders for the coveted Palme d'Or:
One of Iran's most prominent film directors said Monday he hoped the Golden Globes award to a fellow filmmaker will help lift the spirits of the country's artistic community after the state-ordered closure of an independent cinema group.
Kiarostami built a global reputation with simple stories told with passion and conviction in Iran-set films like "Life and Nothing More" and "Through the Olive Trees.
"People can't just escape from the conversation because they've got their seat belts on," he said. "If you don't have an answer you can't just stand up and walk away if you're in a car."