The Cannes Festival Diary: Putting sexual rumours to bed
Nick Clark is the arts correspondent of The Independent. He joined the newspaper in June 2007, initially reporting on the stock markets. He has covered beats including the City, and technology, media and telecoms and made the switch to arts in December 2011. He has also contributed articles to the sports section.
Thursday 16 May 2013
One of the films in competition at Cannes has sparked the question of which nationality is worse in the sack: the Germans or the British? Jeune et Jolie is the story of a girl's (Marine Vacth) sexual awakenings before she decides to become a prostitute.
The protagonist's first fling is with a German boy and it does not end well. Yet, director François Ozon revealed, the original fumbler was supposed to be English. Ozon said he just preferred working with the German actor so changed the character's nationality.
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"There are celebrities who create a brand out of other people's interest in their lives, and there are celebrities who don't so much," she said.
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