"Anime's profile is on the rise all around the world, not just in the United States. The 2003 Cannes Film Festival, which will be held from May 14 to May 25, will include at least two anime features. Steamboy, the new film from the creator of Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo, is the best known of the festival entries."
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"ICv2.com has posted that a "mysterious" collaboration between Daft Punk and Leiji Matsumoto is rumored to be scheduled to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival in France."