20 Minute Ovation for World Hero, Michael Moore
The festival hung a garland on Moore for his scathing denunciation of the President's dubious democratic credentials, the Bush family connections with the Bin Ladens and the diversionary war on Iraq. It was a spectacular rebuke to Republican and corporate America, a stunning exocet of scorn launched from the epicentre of old Europe.
A widespread cinema release could bring anti-war/anti-Bush opinion to the political tipping point. It might make a real difference to the Presidential election and perhaps even to the future of American and British troops in Iraq. It isn't often that Cannes juries have it in their power to change the course of history.