…LESBIANS AND SICKHEADS ARE HIGHIGHTED IN THEIR FESTIVAL THIS YEAR… IT HAD TRIED TO SHAPE WORLD CINEMA, BUT FAILED; SO IT IS NOW FOR THE WORLD TO TRY AND SHAPE
SO THAT IT ACCEPTS DIVERSITY AND INTLELECTUALISM AND CROSS-CULTURALISM MORE. CANNES
By Mansor Puteh
Get recognized in
but at the expense of having to sell
your soul to the devil and also Satan. It may not be artistic or cinematic
recognition after all, but an acceptance into the world of the devil and
I find it a joke that women who do not wear high-heeled shoes are not allowed to walk on the red carpet in
where they mix cinema with fashion,
just like the Academy Awards where men have to wear the tuxedoes even if you
are not American or western. Cannes
The French cannot be trusted for anything other than their Airbuses which sometimes crash as what AirAsia and Germanwings had found out much to their chagrin.
Okay…French bread is okay. But not French wine, if you are good Muslims.
And the French language has limited use, outside of France and some of its former colonies which had not been able to develop despite the people speaking in the language and adopting some of the ways of the French and using French names.
The French can also not be trusted with cartoon-drawing as what Charlie Hebdo had shown when some of their more senior cartoonists had found out when some bullets were shot through their bodies recently.
And the French can also not be trusted with journalism either. They have their so-called NGO called Reporters Without Borders (RWB) which aimed to destroy human existence through their own version of journalism and what it can do to cause this to happen.
Who are they to force everybody else what they can do with journalism in their own countries, anyway?
And what else can the French not be trusted with? Films or the Cinema.
This is what I wrote on Cannes that was published in Time Magazine on 7 July, 1997 which is still so true of the festival even now and especially now.:
‘Why are the same filmmakers from Asia getting recognition in
? The answer is that they are making
the types of films that are liked in Cannes .
Basically there are five types of films; those that deal with, 1) Poverty or
Illiteracy, 2) Homosexuality or Incest, 3) Anti-Government Sentiments, 4) Anti-Colonialism
and, 5) Historical or Costume Epics. Asian filmmakers must make one of those
types of films in order to win recognition in Cannes . Abbas Kiarostami, Zhang Zimou and
Chen Kaige, etc., are only making the types of films which deal with homosexual
characters or which demeans their religion or society. China and Iran, which are
rich in history and tradition, must surely have many other interesting stories
that could be put on the screen. Cannes
has destroyed the very essence of cinema and made the medium one for forcing
filmmakers to scream propaganda for them.’ Cannes
This is what I wrote in 1997 and which is so true with
especially now with the films that they had selected for which the jury had
given recognition, including those which were shown in the non-competition
section which are equally vulgar and crude. Cannes
How could anyone who does not share the sentiments on morality and religion as
get any recognition from them? No way! Cannes
They do not deal with those who aim to bring out the richness and uniqueness of their societies and traditions;
only want to deal with the most boring
issues that appeal mostly not to their intellect but their immorality. Cannes
So the more immoral a film director tries to be the more
For being one of the first international film festivals to be organized,
cannot force on the others to follow them. Cannes
The world has changed tremendously but
is stuck in the era when the cinema was primitive. It is this primitiveness
that Cannes wishes to extend to as long as they can, and as long as the party
in Cannes can last, when no one in the world can or dares to confront them with
the better ideas on what a cinema should be.
The world has changed tremendously but
It is obvious that Cannes had lost its way somewhere, and they needed to be told that so they can be forced to ponder what they had done all these years that were not right.
They had tried to cause the development of the World Cinema but failed, so it is time for the whole world to force them to embrace intellectualism and cross-culturalism more.
If there are some women who want to be lesbians and some others who want to drink themselves to death, why should they later want to get the others to tell their stories to share with everybody in the world?
(Note: I wrote the above part before
Cannes announced the winners of their festival this
year, which I learnt to my satisfaction
and relieve that the one on the two lesbians were not given the Palm d’Or as
expected but a film on refugees in . Sri Lanka
It does not matter which film got the recognition in
this year; the truth is that this festival has seen better days; it has become
a fashion show for the people in the film industry to parade their clothes or
shall we say, costumes for the media. Cannes
It is not for the development of originality, creativity and intellectualism.
It has certainly overshadowed Venice International Film Festival which is the first film festival to be organized in the world which the French had aimed to achieve when they decided to offer
to the world
Will we be able to see a different and better
next year? We’ll