Usually, as the 11 days of the Cannes Film Festival carries on, a lethal mix of fatigue, bad temper, disappointments, envy, and excruciating hangovers befall all but the most indefatigable of optimists. Thankfully, it’s smoother sailing for those of us without press deadlines, even at the sight of a bursting inbox waving a white flag as an onslaught of publicists urge you to check out just one more ‘must-see’ movie in lieu of going to that party you’ve been looking forward to all week.

This year, we chose to do something decidedly different for our festival coverage. Rather than concerning ourselves with bowing down to the festival’s better-known movers and shakers, we broadened our scope a little bit and met up with some fresh faces (an exception being Nash Edgerton, one of our favorite Aussie filmmakers). Not surprisingly, it proved quite the international affair, with directors and actors hailing from Spain, Italy, Japan, Austria, Poland, and Belgium, among others.

This is a roundup of some of our acquaintances from Cannes—in pictures!

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