18 May 2017 1:12 PM

One of my least favourite Shakespeare plays is Twelfth Night. But it does have a truly magnificent opening –

Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them

Cannes was not born great but somewhere along the way it has achieved greatness. How can a small fishing village with a few hotels dotted around become the world’s premiere film festival destination? We are still talking about a modest sized town where upon all of Hollywood and every wannabe descend from Wednesday 17th through to Sunday 28th May.

This year the Festival is enters its 70th year and if anything its allure and prestige continues to grow. The image on the festival’s promotional poster of Claudia Cardinale dancing on the rooftop is delightful and reminds us of the great post war European cinema. Cannes has always been a destination for the beautiful people and will ever be associated with legendary screen sirens such as Brigitte Bardot, Anita Ekberg and Sophia Loren.

I guess the answer to its iconic statue in the film world is it provides a haven from the metropolitan world most of us live in.

Vive La Cannes!