Curtain comes down on the 63rd annual Cannes Film Festival.
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The 63rd Cannes Film Festival ended last night and Supple magazine is looking forward to the 64th edition in 2011.
The Cannes Film Festival is the world cup finals of the film world attracting thousands of filmmakers, lovers of movies and tourists to Cannes every May, but unlike last year Nigeria did not have a pavilion and only few Nigerian journalists were there. The Guardian, The Nation and Supple magazine were the major Nigerian news media.
Well, Cannes will always get better with over 25, 000 film professionals, over 5, 000 journalists and thousands of tourists thronging the French Riviera to watch the best movies in and out of competition and of course the popular Cannes market premieres with millions of other viewers watching on TV and Internet. As Thomas Sotinel, the Movies Section Editor of the prestigious Le Monde said, that Cannes Film festival is where you see the interpretation of global changes in the eyes of the film industry, attracting the gaze of the five continents. Filmmakers do not only tell our stories, but also capture history in the making.
Senegal and South Africa competed for the top prizes and one of the most moving and touching Films was Life, Above All, a movie on the stigma and trauma of AIDS in South Africa. Many of the viewers left the theatre in tears after seeing it. But the question is; where is Nigeria? We need to work harder to compete with the best in the film world. Nigeria has ambitious directors, daring producers, outstanding actors and actresses who can excel at every film festival in the world.
See you next May.