Joy should be replacing politics for winners Saturday

Emir Kusturica has kept his competition jury together as a whole, seeing films as a group and immediately debating the merits of each pic in competition.

Insiders suggested that Kusturica’s method is a bit different than recent juries, but when they weigh in on Saturday, the winners will undoubtedly feel delighted that Kusturica chose to work the way he did.

This year’s finale will certainly be significantly different in tone from last year, when an anti-Bush sentiment permeated the Palais. From the broken English of a Russian winner who implored Americans “to not vote Bush” to Michael Moore and his Palm d’Or winner “Fahrenheit 9/11,” U.S. politics were front and center.

Politics aren’t expected to play much of a role this year. Joy should be the overriding emotion, as we’ve seen in years past, when filmmakers express feeling of honor and humility on the Lumiere Theater stage.

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