That is very much true. I have never been so closed to the stars. I am standing face to face to Costa-Gavras, the guest of honor of Cannes Classics 2015, and don’t know what to say. I casually say hello and he responds charmingly hello back and wishes me a good day. I found it rude to grab my phone and take a picture of him, pity though!
I also saw some of Hollywood stars with fake smiles and bored looks from very closed. Of course Matthew McConaughey not included! But the real stars are the people who stand at the roads, taking a lot of crap and limitation from the security guys and wait for a glimpse of their beloved celebrities. I ask some of them if they are waiting for a specific Hollywood star and who might that be. To my surprise every one of them waits to see a French star. A small relief!
I haven’t been to many big festivals, but this crowd and this eagerness reminds me of film festivals in Iran and how hungry people were to see their stars. This journey takes me more than it should back to my home country!