Cannes controversies: the film festival’s history of feuds and fallouts

This year’s Cannes Film Festival is shaping up to be the most controversial yet, but the Côte d’Azur’s annual shindig has been beset by real-life drama throughout its long history. 

The headline-grabbing festival dates back to 1939, when the French decided to host an alternative to the Venice Film Festival – “then a vehicle for Nazi propaganda movies”, said CNN. But the French event was cancelled after a boatload of Hollywood stars had already arrived, because the Second World War broke out. 

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