Cannes Film Festival  

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The Cannes Film Festival (French: le Festival international du film de Cannes or simply le Festival de Cannes), founded in 1939, is widely considered to be the world's most prestigious film festival (leader of the "Big Five" festivals which also includes Venice, Berlin, Sundance, and Toronto).

The private festival is held annually, once a year, (usually in the month of May) in the resort town of Cannes, in the south of France.


  • 1953: Les Statues meurent aussi, a short film by Alain Resnais was banned. Its theme was that Western civilization is responsible for the decline of black art. The film was seen at the Cannes Film Festival in 1953 but subsequently banned by the French censor.

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