Blockbuster features that cost $100 million or more may grab the headlines, but the area of filmmaking that is growing fastest is documentaries, say industry sources at the Cannes Film Festival. Driving the trend, they say, is a widening demand for films that go beyond fiction and instead touch on today's realities.
No documentaries are included in the 20 titles running for this year's top prize. But plenty are featuring in other competition categories or out of competition -- and some are being acclaimed.
"Documentaries are becoming more popular because they help to give a nuanced response to socio-economic problems that are more and more a source of concern," said Irene Challand, head of documentaries at Radio Television Suisse, which are one of the backers of L'ESCALE.