Directed by: Frédéric Chaudier, Frédéric Zamochnikoff
Year of production: 2018
Length: 52 minutes
The most important film festival in the world was created in Cannes, in 1939, in response to the terrible rise of fascism and Nazism, which was also reflected in the films selected at the prestigious Venice festival (established in 1932). From the outset, the organizers of Cannes set out to hold a festival celebrating freedom in the world and in the cinema. The documentary produced by the television channel ARTE also describes the friendship story between the French politician, Jean Zay, the minister of national education and fine arts between 1936 and 1939, and the historian Philippe Erlanger, who had, since 1932, the idea of creating an international festival of cinema.