Cannes Marches On: Inside the Crisis Facing the World’s Most Prominent Festival

Published on Apr 08, 2020

Cannes Marches On: Inside the Crisis Facing the World’s Most Prominent Festival

As scores of film festivals have canceled or postponed their dates in recent weeks, the Cannes Film Festival hovers in uncertainty. The world’s most prominent film gathering asserted its intention to take place in May per usual — until March 19, when it announced plans for new dates in late June and early July. Now, as the pandemic continues and major summer movies move to other dates, even that timeline sounds unlikely — and with the dense circuit of fall festivals beginning in late August, Cannes may run out of options if its current plans become untenable.

Reached for comment in the French countryside where he has a vacation home, festival director Thierry Fremaux was both defiant and practical. “If Cannes is canceled, Cannes is canceled,” he said. “We’re all facing a strong situation and we’ll fight until the last minute. If it’s not possible to have Cannes in

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Author: Eric Kohn