Cannes Diary: The home stretch

May 24, 2012

Milos Stehlik

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The exhaustion settles in. At 6 a.m. and throughout much of the night, there is yelling and shouting from people coming home from parties. The festival slowly becomes a blur.

Its descent into grayness is helped by two highly anticipated films: Leos Carax's Holy Motors and Carlos Reygadas’ Post Tenebrum Lux (Light After Darkness). Ambitious, visually stunning, daring in structure, both films left the audiences confused. What did the filmmaker really mean?

Both filmmakers are on hand in Cannes, of course, for their moment in the spotlight. They pose for photo sessions, take part in their press conferences and walk up the red carpet with their equipe (team).

This late in the festival, everyone is hanging onto the last bits of their energy and trying to make it into the home stretch.