by Eugene Hernandez (May 15, 2008)

While attendees sat inside the Cannes Film Festival’s Debussy theater on Wednesday watching the morning press screening of Fernando Meirelles’ harrowing “Blindness,” nearby on the Croisette dozens of costumed pandas danced with Jack Black to hype the animated festival entry, “Kung Fu Panda.” Like the abandoned characters depicted in the horrific world of “Blindness,” the French locals wearing the 100 lb. bear costumes yesterday had to be carefully escorted from the Carlton Beach pier because they were unable to see anything. Such was the scene during the first twenty-four hours of the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, an event comprised of serious films for cinephiles and PR stunts aimed at movie industry insiders and thousands of attending journalists.

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