The Wild West came to Cannes Saturday in the shape of two Stetson-wearing law-makers from deepest New Mexico.
Retired Sheriff Tom Sullivan and Deputy Sheriff Steve Sederwell walked the Salle Debussy’s blue carpet in their cowboy boots — proudly sporting their badges of office — for the out-of-competition screening of “Requiem for Billy the Kid,” produced by Jean-Jacques Beineix.
Both men feature Gallic helmer Anne Feinsilber’s film for their role in attempts to discover the true fate of the legendary outlaw.
Some people — including the sheriffs — doubt that the man shot dead by Sheriff Pat Garrett was really the Kid. A legal wrangle is being waged over whether or not to exhume the presumed outlaw’s body for DNA testing.
“As Napoleon said, history is only a fable that has been agreed on,” quoted Sullivan.
Cannes is a bit of a culture shock for most festival attendees, but it was even more so for Sullivan and Sederwell.
After Lincoln Country — population 20,000 — the sheriffs were finding the town a little crowded, and curiously devoid of horses, they said.
“There are no horse trailers, no boots, no pick-up trucks,” mused Sederwell.
“And it’s funny seeing all the cars parked so close together,” said Sullivan. “What are those little cars — Fiats?”