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Peter Bart: Cannes Festgoers Dote On Parties & Applause While ‘Bleak Week’ Fans Plunge Into Grateful Despair

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As the Cannes Film Festival celebrates its parties and standing ovations, audiences in Hollywood and New York prepare to wallow in despair.

And they’ll enjoy it (almost). The festival called Bleak Week this week will deliver 43 films to an expected audience of 10,000 at theaters including the restored Egyptian in Hollywood, the Aero in Santa Monica and the Paris in New York.

Created by the American Cinematheque, Bleak Week will feature celebrities and Q&A sessions explaining why their projects deal with existential dread, nihilism and “uncomfortable truths,” as Bleak Week creative director Grant Moninger puts it.

Not surprisingly, there surely also will be post-screening alcoholic consumption for filmgoers seeking to ease the pain. As the Cinematheque details it, Bleak Week was not prompted by Gaza, student protests, geometric storms or the possible loss of yet another studio (Paramount).

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