In May, in the midst of a health crisis, Cannes was forced to cancel the holding of its festival. To show that the most prestigious world film festival has not given up, the organizers of the event are offering an autumn event located in the heart of the city as a symbolic catch-up session.
Even after government announcements last Thursday, this resilient edition stands. “We did not ask ourselves the question of canceling this event, explain the organizers. Simply, after Jean Castex’s announcements following the resumption of the epidemic, we have adapted our projection grids, and brought the sessions forward by one hour, going from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. ”
Thus, on the menu for this edition which runs from Tuesday to Thursday, among the 56 works in the 2020 Official Selection, we find four films from Japan, Georgia and France, presented in preview before their very release. expected in theaters.
“The film crews and guests will climb the steps of the palace. The symbol is there, specify the organizers. A specific device has been planned to immortalize the thing inside the palace in accordance with the standards in force. “
The film A triumph by Emmanuel Courcol with Kad Merad, will launch the edition, which will be held at the Palais des Festivals, in the presence of the film crew. The event will end on Thursday evening with The Two Alfreds by Bruno Podalydès, in the presence of the director and the main actress, Sandrine Kiberlain.
Asa Ga Kuru (True Mothers) by the Japanese Naomi Kawase, a regular at the festival, and a Georgian debut film by Dea Kulumbegashvili, Beginning (At the beginning), just crowned in San Sebastián (Spain), will also be screened, respectively Thursday afternoon and Wednesday evening.
Physical distancing and wearing a mask will be compulsory for everyone. Even if the event is open to the public, the latter will not be able to exceed a certain level. For example, before the pandemic, the festival attracted 40,000 professionals and around 200,000 spectators each year.
Cannes 2021, the festival of reconquest
The edition which was to be held in the spring had chosen the American Spike Lee as president of the jury. Americans can no longer travel abroad in the current health context, Spike Lee has therefore agreed to be the president of the jury for the 2021 edition.
The organization has high hopes for this upcoming edition. “We expect Cannes 2021 to be a great party, with lots of good films, testified the general delegate of the Cannes festival, Thierry Frémaux. I hope that Cannes 2021 will be the event of the reconquest, of the beginning of the return to life. This is what is asked of us, every day, all over the world, in the world of cinema, but not only“.
The Festival will also award the Palme d’Or for best short film. In the jury in particular, the director Claire Burger, the actress Céline Sallette or the Franco-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb.
More than a festival, Cannes is an essential showcase for French and foreign films and a platform for rewards. While the film industry is in the midst of a slump, many are hoping that this edition will convince producers not to postpone the theatrical release of their films.
Here is the agenda of the four Cannes films presented during the event:
Tuesday October 27. At 18 o’clock. A triumph by Emmanuel Courcol. An actor in galley accepts to make ends meet to lead a theater workshop in a prison. Surprised by the inmates’ talents as an actor, he took it into his head to put on a play with them on the stage of a real theater. Adapted from a true story.
Wednesday October 28. At 18 o’clock. Beginning (At the beginning) by Dea Kulumbegashvili. In a sleepy provincial town, a community of Jehovah’s Witnesses is attacked by an extremist group. In the midst of this conflict, the familiar world of Yana, the wife of the head of the community, slowly crumbles. Yana’s inner turmoil grows as she struggles to make sense of her desires.
Thursday, October 29. At 14h. True mothers (Asa Ga Kuru) by Naomi Kawase. Satoko and her husband are forever linked to Hikari, the 14-year-old girl who gave birth to their adopted son Asato. Today Asato is 6 years old and the family lives happily in Tokyo. But Hikari wants to reconnect with the family.
Thursday, October 29. At 18 o’clock. The two Alfred by Bruno Podalydès. Alexandre is unemployed. His wife is on a mission on a nuclear submarine. Their couple is having a difficult time: Alexandre has two months to find work and prove that he is capable of taking care of the children. Fortunately, he has an appointment for a mysterious job …