5. Fahrenheit 9/11 – 2004 Cannes Film Festival
Applause duration: 20 minutes
It seems that Michael Moore and his film really heated up Cannes and didn’t let sleeping dogs lie, since critics were harsh, according to The Guardian. On the contrary, the audience rewarded Mike with the 20-minute long standing ovation. Where did this dichotomy come from? The one explanation is that Cannes’ long-lasting standing ovations are overrated and that they became a trend. On the other hand, sharp words from the critics haven’t been necessarily a bad thing. Moore’s view on the September, 11th aftermath and the affairs of Bush Administration considering wars in Afghanistan and Iraq raised a big cloud of dust, and that’s why strong reactions are not lacking whether or not they were justified.