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Two covers in this anniversary year for our Special Film edition, released by tradition to coincide with the Cannes Film Festival. First we meet iconic director Agnès Varda, who just received an honorary Oscar to crown her decades-long career, during which she has always placed women at the forefront of her films. Her exhibition at Galerie Nathalie Obadia, based on her magnificent film Le Bonheur, shines a light on her dreamy and engaged creativity. We interviewed and photographed the director and artist as she gears up for the re-release of her profoundly feminist 1977 film One Sings, the Other Doesn’t, which will receive a special screening at Cannes. Our second cover features Laura Harrier, the new heroine of Spike Lee as he returns to the Croisette in full force with BlacKkKlansman, a film based on a true story from inside the Ku Klux Klan and competing for the Palme d’Or. At just 26, Laura Harrier minces no words when it comes to Donald Trump’s policies, which she calls racist and misogynistic…

We also check in with today’s most promising French actors through a portfolio. So much art in this issue with Jimmie Durham offering a special project based on May ’68 and Revolution. Gérard Fromanger also stops by to unpack this tumultuous period. Next, a text-manifesto by Paul Ardenne to introduce his exhibition Talking About A Revolution, which he curated for the art space 22Visconti, a platform created by the founders of Crash. An exhibition/inventory that sets out to answer one question: what do we mean when we talk about political art or engaged art? Answers from the center of Paris, in the heart of the Saint-Germain neighborhood, the same ground where the revolution first took root… Fifty years ago…

Armelle Leturcq

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