May 22, 2014 5:05 PM EDT

Simone Lancelot can surely be known as the most loyal fan the Cannes Film Festival has ever had.

Now 97, she went to her first one in 1947. Since then she has attended 66 out of 67 of the invitation-only festivals held in the French Riviera town. She says she fell in love with cinema at the age of eight and began attending the festival when she worked at a local movie theater.

Although Lancelot says the festival has lost some of its appeal since the early days — the film’s stars are harder to spot and are often surrounded by bodyguards — she still recommends cinema as the key to a long life.

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