Cannes Snapshots: What Goes On Beyond the Red Carpet


The Cannes Film Festival isn't just about red-carpet looks and glamorous premieres — it's only mostly about that stuff. But behind the Grand Theatre Lumiere, there's a raging film market where international distributors make deals for movies you'll never see (Sylvester Stallone goes Bollywood?), a dizzying series of international tents where countries promote their filmmakers, terrible celebrity impersonators, and a gaggle of intense fans who descend on the Croisette pleading for spare movie tickets — and, in one case, offering up "ma virginite" for entrance. To give you a sense of the world beyond the paparazzi bulbs, we wandered the periphery and took some snapshots.