Thursday, May 23, 2024

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.

Sacre bleu!

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!

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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