Cannes jury: bold in its decisions!

By HT

If there is one unmistakable Hollywood icon, it is Steven Spielberg who gave us movies as brutally Hollywoodian as ET, Jaws and Jurassic Park.

Yet as the head of the nine-member jury at the recent Cannes Film Festival, he was bold to honour a cinema that was far removed from his kind of genre. He must be patted for stepping outside his own comfort zone to pay tribute to movies that were not only refreshingly different, but also courageous enough to present the explicit - sexual and political.

Nobody really expected him and his team – with jurors as distinguished as Christoph Waltz, Daniel Auteuil, Cristian Mungiu, Ang Lee and Vidya Balan among others – to give the top Palm d’Or to the lesbian love story from France, Blue is the Warmest Colour. Its director, Abdellatif Kechiche, had in 2009 disappointed us with his Cannes entry, Black Venus. But he