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Olivia Williams

At Cannes, revelatory filmmaking trumps star power

At Cannes, revelatory filmmaking trumps star power

CANNES, France — A comedy black enough to pass for India ink and, unlike so many grotesque comedies of modern manners, a film with just enough moral seriousness to make it stick, director David Cronenberg's “Maps to the Stars” defies such long odds it should be playing roulette in Monte Carlo instead of premiering at the 67th Cannes Film Festival.

The festival, operating on an annual budget that's the equivalent of $27 million, concludes with the awards ceremony Saturday. So far the festival has reminded visitors to this grand, trendsetting international bazaar of cinema that its programmers remain loyal to their established favorites.

Sometimes that loyalty is tested beyond...