The Cannes International Film Festival has reopened today, after its physical edition was cancelled last year due to the pandemic.
This marks a vital moment for the global film industry that is estimated to have lost around $32bn in 2020 as cinemas and film shoots were forced to close.
While celebs will be allowed to go maskless on the red carpet, much of the social-distancing restrictions will remain in place and a health pass will also be required for entrance.
“Covid is still there, but being here for the return of the festival, in the opening film… it’s a huge sense of relief and excitement,” US actor Adam Driver told AFP.
Driver co-stars with French actor Marion Cotillard in Cannes’ opening film, the musical “Annette,” directed by Leos Carax. Cannes’ first in-person screening since May 2019.
The film is Carax’s first since “Holy Motors” nine years ago and tells the story of a celebrity couple and their mysterious child, the titular Annette.
Speaking to AFP, Cotillard said that after months of pandemic-induced confinement, the tragic love story “invites the spectators to come and be transported, to be present at a great spectacle.”
Speaking to the Guardian, Eve Gabereau, managing director of UK distributor Modern Films, said it is “surreal, crazy and daunting” to return to Cannes.
Gabereau is hopeful that Cannes is a sign of recovery. It is “a return to normal, an exciting one at that, but a cautionary one,” she said as quoted by Guardian.
Members of the jury — headed for the first time by a black man, US director Spike Lee — arrived Monday night and will give their traditional press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
The jury this year has a female majority and includes US actor Maggie Gyllenhaal, Canadian-French singer Mylene Farmer and French-Senegalese actor Mati Diop.
Other members include Tahar Rahim, star of 2009 film “A Prophet”, and South Korean actor Song Kang-ho, the festival’s winner two years ago for ‘Parasite.’
24 films will be competing for the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or. Directors vying for glory include perennial Cannes favourites such as Italy’s Nanni Moretti for his film ‘Tre Piani,’ France’s Jacques Audiard for ‘Les Olympiades’ and Thailand’s master of slow burn, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, with his English-language debut ‘Memoria,’ and Iran’s two-time Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi.
But with just four female directors in the competition, the festival’s tendency to pick the men is once again under scrutiny.
Only one woman has won the Palme d’Or in 73 editions of the festival: Jane Campion for “The Piano” in 1993.
From : pk.mashable.com