The French Cannes Film Festival will announce on Thursday the features of the program of its first sessions since the Covid 19 pandemic, and the expected official list of films eligible to participate in the competition of the largest seventh art event in the world, and it 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.
In their traditional press conference, which they hold in a cinema on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on 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 masks and costumes for stars on the red carpet, and between health measures and parties cocktail.
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.
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.
It is possible that the program will notice a participation, perhaps from outside the competition, for the latest film in the “James Bond” series, or for the upcoming film by American director Chloe Gau, who recently won an Academy Award for the movie “Nomadland”.