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Russian drama takes the stage at Cannes in the sweet 'Leto' and the scathing 'Donbass'

Russian drama takes the stage at Cannes in the sweet 'Leto' and the scathing 'Donbass'

The 71st Cannes Film Festival is underway (May 8-19), and L.A. Times critic Justin Chang is there, seeing as many movies as possible and writing about it for a day-by-day, film-by-film diary. This is one in a series of entries spanning from the opening festivities to closing night. For more entries and reviews, click here.

Russia and Iran are never far from the news these days, but recently they have made headlines in Cannes for the same dubious reason. Both countries have filmmakers represented in the festival’s prestigious competition,...

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