Coronavirus hits Entertainment: Cannes Film Festival postponed
Several new dates for France’s Cannes Film Festival were under consideration, including the end of June. In Europe, France is the third most impacted country by coronavirus with 10,995 cases and 372 deaths as of Thursday.
France’s Cannes Film Festival -- considered the most prestigious in the world -- has postponed its 73rd edition due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event was supposed to take place in May. Several new dates were under consideration, including the end of June, organizers of the annual event in southern France said in a statement on Thursday. The film festival, one of the largest in the world, was due to take place from May 12-23.
The postponement follows weeks of speculation over whether the festival, which draws thousands of filmmakers, celebrities and executives to the French city, would be able to go ahead. “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,” the statement said.
“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,” it added.
France is in its third day of a lockdown aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus.
The 2020 postponement marks the first such delay for Cannes since its first edition after WW2 in 1946. It was only cancelled once in 1968 during the nationwide student riots that were supported by French New Wave icons François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, according to Variety magazine.
The festival was the latest event in the entertainment industry to be postponed or cancelled, including the release of big budget movies including “Mulan” and “No Time to Die” as well as music festivals Glastonbury and Coachella and the closure of theatres in London and on Broadway.
The decision to postpone comes a few days after French President Emmanuel Macron put the country in full lockdown mode for at least two weeks. In Europe, France is the third most impacted country (behind Italy and Spain) by coronavirus with 10,995 cases and 372 deaths as of Thursday.