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16 May 2008
IOC News

On the red carpet in Cannes

A great honour for the film “13 Days in France” by Claude Lelouch and François Reichenbach, being shown tonight as part of the Cannes Film Festival.
A film
"It’s not the official film of the Olympic Winter Games, it’s not a sports film or a thematic film, it’s just a film. Some directors who happened to be in Grenoble in February 1968 quietly filmed what was happening around them, what was happening inside them”, said Claude Lelouch ahead of the projection. The result is phenomenal: 13 days which show how the Olympic Games are in tune with their contemporary setting.  

A first
The projection in Cannes is a first. The original projection could not take place as the Cannes Festival was halted out of solidarity with the strikers in the spring of 1968.  

A legacy for humanity
This IOC restoration work is part of a global approach aimed at creating and preserving the Olympic patrimony, a veritable legacy for humanity.
First-class performances
The Games in Grenoble were marked by their sociocultural context, but also by first-class sporting performances. Jean-Claude Killy dominated the men’s Alpine skiing events, with an extraordinary hat-trick. Toini Gustafsson was outstanding in the women’s cross-country skiing, winning two individual events and a silver medal in the relay. Lyudmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov successfully and gracefully defended their Olympic figure skating title. American skater Peggy Fleming was the only person from her country to win a gold medal, and did so with a performance close to perfection. As a two-man and four-man bob pilot, the legendary Eugenio Monti won two gold medals.
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