Nikita Mikhalkov

There is a dangerous agenda in modern Russia -- and the West must act.
The strongest entry thus far seems to be Lebanon's "Where Do We Go Now?". It won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto
In real life, actor-director Nikita Mikhalkov is associated with nationalistic politics, but in his films at least he conveys a great deal of humanity and sympathy for individuals of all stripes victimized by Russia's bloody history.
Sergei Loznitsa offers a bleak depiction of a truck driver lost on a road trip across a hostile Russia, who encounters one brutal individual after another as he attempts to make a delivery.
Cannes is set to kick-off this evening with the premiere of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. Ridley's movie is not in competition, but the premiere is destined to bring the stars out in droves.