Surprise! Cannes actually screens shitty films!
S.F. Chronicle critic Judy Stone was in the back "Garyyyyyyyyyyy, will you please speak up!" Full of piss and vinegar. She's cool. I've read a lot of Paulene Kael's work, but now that Kael is dearly departed, I'm gonna check out Stone's.
Anyhow, the highlight of the talk was Mark Fishkin's honesty. Aside from talking about the various films, he went a little bit into the innner workings of programming decision making. In other words, the politics of programming. In Mark's words (and I'm paraphrasing) " Yeah, they want one or two films from masters, a couple new things, and they have to show some bad French films". Now, I like Renoir as much as the next guy, but Mark, you rule.
Now, if we can only figure out some way to get our films directly to the people. Maybe Arnold can help....