Cannes Film Festival Postponed

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The Cannes Film Festival, widely considered the most prestigious of the major international festivals, has for the first time in its 73-year-old history, made the decision, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, to move the festival forward.

President of Cannes Jury, Spike Lee, the Oscar winning director, "I agree 100% with Thierry and the Cannes Film Festival. The world has changed and it's changing every day. People are dying and France's president has said, several times — I'm paraphrasing — 'We are at war.' We are in a war-like time," Variety reported.


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The festival released this announcement, "At this time of global health crisis, our thoughts go to the victims of the COVID-19 and we express our solidarity with all of those who are fighting the disease.

Today, we have made the following decision : The Festival de Cannes cannot be held on the scheduled dates, from May 12 to 23. Several options are considered in order to preserve its running, the main one being a simple postponement, in Cannes, until the end of June-beginning of July 2020.


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As soon as the development of the French and international health situation will allow us to assess the real possibility, we will make our decision known, in accordance with our ongoing consultation with the French Government and Cannes City Hall as well as with the Festival's Board Members, Film industry professionals and all the partners of the event.


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In the meantime, the Festival de Cannes lends its vocal support to all of those who firmly call on everyone to respect the general lockdown and ask to show solidarity in these difficult times for the entire world."

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