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Is the Cannes Film Festival occurring in July?

Right now, COVID is operating excessive in France. The nation is in lockdown for the remainder of April. Americans and different foreigners can’t journey into France until they will make a case for a well being or enterprise emergency. There is a curfew. The French well being minister, Olivier Véran, final week banned outdoor gatherings of more than six people and added three extra départements, together with the realm round Lyon, to 16 already positioned beneath harder mobility restrictions.

Also in France right this moment, a world scandal about “secret” dinner parties in Paris for the wealthy and well-known.

Would seeing movies and going to events be thought-about an “emergency” motive for visiting the nation? Many of us would say ‘oui.’ But the French well being officers would possibly disagree. And in Cannes, secret, unmasked events can be de rigeur. I’m already upset I haven’t been invited to one!

For this motive, Cannes Lions — the promoting company model of the movie competition — has introduced it will likely be digital solely this 12 months. It was set for June twenty first by the twenty fifth.

Usually the Cannes Film Festival runs for 11 days starting round May ninth. When issues seemed bleak a number of months in the past, the Festival moved to July sixth.

amFAR is taking $10,000 per seat ticket reservations for a stay occasion on the Hotel duCap in Antibes for Friday, July sixteenth. LOL. First of all, who’s spending that sort of cash? Second, even when Cannes started on July sixth, by the sixteenth the place will likely be a ghost city.

I’ve already reported that the Film Festival has been eyeing a move to October. No one can be in opposition to that. It would put the competition in nearer proximity to Oscar buzz. They might have the premiere of the James Bond movie, “No Time to Die,” which has been ready to open for greater than a 12 months. It is smart. All over, extra films will likely be prepared to present.

Spike Lee is about to be head of the following jury at any time when Cannes occurs. But I’m certain even he can be in favor or placing it off til October. He needs everybody to Do the Right Thing.


Roger Friedman started his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, the place he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, in addition to for the true Parade journal (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News amongst many publications. He is the author and co-producer of “Only the Strong Survive,” a number of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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