Saturday, April 20, 2024

Cannes Cannes-cels: Film Festival Gives in to Trump Virus, Will Explore New Dates


It’s a first since student riots sent everyone home in 1968. Cannes has cancelled its famous film festival. They hope to find a date this summer. But that’s unlikely if tourist season goes on.  They could move to the fall perhaps. Quel domage!

Unfortunately a festival in June or July, if the tourist season is allowed, would be impossible. Cannes, Antibes, Juan les Pins and the surrounding area is a massively popular beach resort for Europeans– who will be desperate for vacations this summer. Rates would be prohibitively high for festival participants.

Will Cannes just miss this year? Probably. But imagine how great it will be in 2021!


Here’s the statement from the festival:

At this time of global health crisis, our thoughts go to the victims of the COVID-19 and we express our solidarity with all of those who are fighting the disease.

Today, we have made the following decision : The Festival de Cannes cannot be held on the scheduled dates, from May 12 to 23. Several options are considered in order to preserve its running, the main one being a simple postponement, in Cannes, until the end of June-beginning of July, 2020.

As soon as the development of the French and international health situation will allow us to assess the real possibility, we will make our decision known, in accordance with our ongoing consultation with the French Government and Cannes’ City Hall as well as with the Festival’s Board Members, Film industry professionals and all the partners of the event.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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