Cannes – Canceled in the spring due to a health crisis, the Cannes Film Festival offers a symbolic catch-up session on Tuesday, open to the public, with the hope of sending a message to a film industry suffocated by the crisis.
On the menu of this mini-edition which runs from Tuesday to Thursday, the screening of four films, two of which are French, from the “Cannes 2020 official selection“, which originally had 56.
The film “A triumph“Emmanuel Courcol with Kad Merad, will kick off the edition, which will open at the Palais des Festivals, in the presence of the film crew. The event will end on Thursday evening with”The Two Alfreds“by Bruno Podalydès, in the presence of the director and the main actress, Sandrine Kiberlain.
“Asa Ga Kuru“(True Mothers) by Japanese festival regular Naomi Kawase and a Georgian debut film by Dea Kulumbegashvili,”Beginning” (“At the beginning“), just crowned in San Sebastian (Spain), will also be screened, respectively Thursday afternoon and Wednesday evening.
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Only the Georgian director will be present.
The most prestigious of film festivals had to adapt to the health crisis. With the resumption of the epidemic and the establishment of a curfew, the previews, initially scheduled for 7:00 p.m. will start an hour earlier.
If the stair climb, a highlight of the festival, has been maintained, guests should avoid any “stagnation“, told the AFP the festival.
Physical distancing and wearing a mask will be compulsory for all. Even if the event is open to the public, the latter cannot exceed a certain level. For example, before the pandemic, the festival attracted 40,000 professionals and around 200,000 spectators each year.
The edition which was to take place in the spring had chosen the American Spike Lee to be the president of the jury. The mini-autumn festival will be Franco-French. No big American star could make the trip.
However, the Festival will award the Palme d’Or for best short film. In the jury in particular, the director Claire Burger, the actress Céline Sallette and the Franco-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb.
More than a festival, Cannes is an essential showcase for French and foreign films and a platform for rewards. While the industry is in the throes of the doldrums, many are hoping this mini-edition will convince producers not to postpone the theatrical release of their films.
Without being able to take place in May, the Cannes film festival had resigned itself to broadcasting a list of 56 feature films that were part of its “official selection 2020“.
At the cost of major adaptations, other international festivals have since taken place, such as the Venice Film Festival in early September. The latter was the first full-scale test for these great raids of the 7th art, since the start of the Covid_19 epidemic, with a very strict health protocol.