The Cannes film festival has been postponed to late June and early July as the host country, France as well other major cities are currently on lock down to help curb the spread of coronavirus.
“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,” festival officials stated.
“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,” they continued.
The president of the festival Spike Lee also showed his support for the postponement.
“I agree 100% with Thierry and the Cannes Film Festival,” he told Variety.
“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,” he explained.
“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,” he said.
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