Cannes’ canny pic picks

'Harry' ties with 'Taste of Others'

PARIS — If Cannes topper Gilles Jacob picked horses instead of films, he’d have to spend most of his time counting his winnings: The top two films plus 11 of the 18 runners-up in a new French movie poll debuted at Cannes 2000.

The results, released Sunday, would seem to answer those who say the Official Selection at Cannes is no longer in sync with public taste.

In the poll, held by Gaul’s longest-running radio show devoted to popular arts, “Le Masque et la Plume” (The Mask and the Pen), more than 4,000 listeners sent in their choices. “With a Friend Like Harry” tied with “The Taste of Others” for French release, and “In the Mood for Love” scooped foreign kudos.

“This goes a long way toward obliterating the persistent notion that critics like one thing and the average filmgoer another,” said leading critic Michel Ciment. “At least this time around, both groups line up beautifully — with the extra bonus of commercial success for the top titles.”

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