`Outside the Law` set to raise tempers at Cannes

Updated: May 16, 2010, 19:18 PM IST

Cannes: Political controversies are not new to Cannes and this time too Algerian film&aposHors la Loi&apos(Outside the Law), which depicts its bloody struggle for independence from France, is creating furore at the festival.

The local government seems particularly peeved with Bouchareb&aposs film which they believe is an inaccurate version of history and thus it should not have been included as an competition entry.

&aposOutside the Law&aposfocuses on the 1945 Algerian revolt against occupying French soldiers a day after World War II ended. The French Government&aposs handling of the uprising led to the massacre of thousands of people. Incidentally, the movie has been marked as an Algerian entry, not French. Conservative leader, Lionnel Luca, said that Bouchareb had the right to say what he wanted to, but his truth is not France&aposs.

Right wing organisations have also condemned the festival of irresponsibility and have threatened to protest during the screening of the movie on May 21.

Xavier Beauvois&aposcompetition entry&aposOf Gods and Men&aposmay also lead to unpleasantness. The movie elaborates on the 1996 massacre of French monks in Algeria. Franco-Algerian ties have always been touchy, and cinema has merely increased the friction.

Last year Lars von Trier&aposs&aposAntichrist&aposhad caused outrage with its portrayal of sadistic and masochistic acts.

PTI

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