The French Cannes Film Festival, the most prestigious international film festival, is preparing for an exceptional session by all technical standards, but the last word will remain on the rise or fall of the indicator of the spread of the Corona virus. The features of the festival’s program, which is holding its first session since the “Covid-19” pandemic, seems rich with star cinematographers. The festival is held this year from 6 to 17 July in the Palais des Festivals on the Avenue de la Croisette, and it brings together thousands of film workers from the whole world, who meet again after the cancellation of last year’s session.
In the event that the process of lifting restrictions continues according to what the government plans, it is assumed that no ceilings will be set for the number of attendees in the halls, but those wishing to watch films will have to present a health card proving that they have received the vaccine or a negative result of the rapid Corona examination.
During their traditional press conference, which they hold in a cinema on the Champs-Elysees in Paris next Thursday, the organizers answer many questions, for example, about the stars who will climb the steps of the Palais des Festivals, and the possibility of Americans participating, and how to reconcile gags and costumes for stars on the red carpet, and between measures Health and cocktail parties.
Those interested are awaiting the list of films that have been tested to compete in the race to succeed the South Korean film “Parasite”, Bong Joon, who won the Palme d’Or in 2019. This list was chosen from among more than 2,000 films attended by the organizers.
The delegate-general, Thierry Frémaux, had previously confirmed the participation of three of the films submitted to the jury, headed by director Spike Lee, the first African-American to take on this task. The opening of the festival will be a film by a French director, “Annette” by Leos Carax, starring Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver, with the famous American band “Sparks” that took over the script and music.
Dutch director Paul Verhoeven’s “Benedetta” is expected to cause a stir, as it tells the story of a 17th-century nun, played by Virginie Evira.
As for the American Wes Anderson, he is participating in his new movie entitled “The French Dispatch”, which was filmed in Angoulême (southwest of France). Seydoux and Mathieu Amalric.
It is almost certain that the Italian, who won the Palme d’Or in 2001, will be present in his film “Tre Piani.”
Among the films likely to be in the race for the award is the black and white “Macbeth” by Joel Coen, the eldest of the Coen brothers, starring Denzel Washington. He also competes with Apichatpong Weerasitakul (the Palme d’Or 2010) with his first English-language film outside Thailand, Memoria. The competition may witness the return of Catherine Deneuve in “Don Son Vivian”, or the list may include Jane Campion’s latest film, “The Power of the Dog”, knowing that she is the only woman to win the Palme d’Or in 1993. It is possible that the program will notice participation, perhaps from outside The competition is for the latest James Bond film, or the upcoming film by American director Chloe Gau, who recently won an Academy Award for her film Nomadland.
Doubts related to “Covid-19” will continue to cast a shadow over the organization of the festival, even if the indicators of the epidemic in France at the present time lead to the belief that the summer will be calm, as this will not replace health measures announced by the organizers.
Foreign stars should be reassured about the precautions taken. The Venice Film Festival could be held in September, with a red carpet out of public view to avoid crowds, but stars could stand on it without masks. As for the Berlin Festival, it decided in March to organize its session online.
The press conference is also likely to be an opportunity for the festival to explain its projects and commitments in terms of promoting equality, diversity and environmental protection, which are now essential to the sector.
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