It's a Wrap at Cannes

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FLASHPOINT: Cameras at the ready at Cannes

Just before announcing the awards on the closing night of the 61st Cannes Film Festival, Sean Penn, the president of this year's jury, recalled that he had once served in the same post at another festival. He'd run into Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, who exclaimed, "Sean Penn, can you believe you're the president of anything?" The actor-director, a longtime critic of George W. Bush, then told the black-tie audience, "And I'm not the only president whose answer should be 'no.' " The crowd erupted into the applause of political solidarity.

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