Olivier Courson, Studiocanal chairman-CEO, accepted Variety's 2012 Achievement in International Film Award on Friday at a Baoli beach cocktail-luncheon sponsored by Chopard.
As the film world readies for the Riviera, Jerome Paillard, Cannes Market exec director, sees reason for optimism.
If opening nights set the tone for an entire fest, the omens are good for the 64th Cannes.
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Cannes may not have the airy mock-Renaissance Martin Gropius Bau, but then Berlin doesn't have "the sun, the sea, and the Croisette," Cannes market topper Jerome Paillard pointed out on Wednesday.