Cannes Film Festival May Move Again, to October, As COVID Rises in France, Paris in Lockdown
The Cannes Film Festival usually starts in the second week of May. But this year, with the pandemic, the Festival took preventative measures and made the wise decision to move to July, just between the American Independence Day and Bastille Day.
But now Paris is in lockdown again for four weeks, COVID is rising throughout France, and there’s a problem with vaccinations.
Because of this I’m hearing there is a consideration seriously underway to move the Festival to October. This would be after Venice, Telluride, Toronto, and the New York Film Festivals.
Just hearing this, I’m thinking Thierry Fremaux must be having a nervous breakdown. The poor man. He didn’t get to have a 2020 Festival. And now this. He could show all the 2020 movies at this point in a sidebar. And no one knows what’s happened to Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch.”
Fall movies for festivals are a big question, too. Where will Steven Spielberg unveil “West Side Story”? (By now the young actors have grandchildren of their own!)
And wouldn’t October Cannes be the right place for a James Bond “No Time to Die” premiere, with a performance from Billie and Finneas?
I will go whenever they have the Festival de Cannes, in any month and I’m sure I’m not alone. It’s still the premier international film festival. We can drink to that! And anyway, it’s still over 60 degrees F in early October on the Cote d’Azur. Doesn’t sound bad to me!