In a press communique the organisers mentioned that in the sunshine of French President Emmanuel Macron’s tackle yesterday, and the ban on festivals in France until mid July, the postponement of the Cannes Film Festival, initially considered for the end of June to the beginning of July, was not an out there possibility.
The assertion additionally mentioned that it could be tough to carry the festival in its unique kind this yr however that they’re persevering with to discover choices to salvage issues in the easiest way potential.
The 73rd version of the festival was initially scheduled to be held from May 12 to 23. It was postponed on March 19 tentatively to the June-July interval in the sunshine of the COVID-19 pandemic.
There have since been ideas concerning the festival going digital this yr which the organisers had been against, insisting on a “physical festival” or “nothing”. Another possibility provided, of pushing it to August-September, would imply a conflict with biggies just like the Venice and Toronto film festivals.
The newest communique has mentioned that the festival has been in talks with professionals, in France and overseas, and so they agree that it should discover all contingencies and make “Cannes 2020 real, in a way or another”.
While acknowledging the numerous uncertainties reigning over the worldwide well being state of affairs, the organisers hoped that they might be capable of talk quickly concerning the form that Cannes will take this yr.
“When the health crisis, whose resolution remains the priority of all, passes, we will have to reiterate and prove the importance of cinema and the role that its work, artists, professionals, film theatres and their audiences, play in our lives. This is how the Festival de Cannes, the Marché du Film and the parallel sections (Semaine de la Critique, Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, ACID), intend to contribute. We are committed to it and we would like to thank everyone who is by our side–public officials (Cannes’ City Hall, Ministry of Culture, the CNC), industry members as well as our partners,” mentioned the assertion.
The 1968 festival
One of the buzziest and most important commerce hubs, the potential cancellation of the festival this yr would severely affect an already badly-hit worldwide film enterprise. The one time Cannes was dropped at a halt in latest historical past, halfway at that, was in 1968, when a number of filmmakers – together with Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut and Claude Lelouch – confirmed solidarity with hanging college students and employees resisting Charles de Gaulle’s authorities.
Some like Alain Resnais withdrew their motion pictures, whereas others like Roman Polanski, Monica Vitti and Louis Malle resigned from the jury.