Will it return to normal?Cannes Film Festival prepares for the party

After the 2020 Cannes Film Festival was canceled by a pandemic and the 2021 edition was scaled down, kissing on the red carpet was also banned. The gorgeous French Riviera Cinema Soiree is back at a festival that promises to be something normal.

Or, at least for a very special brand in Cannes, for 12 days, the dress and the movie mix in the sun, with a few minutes of applause standing at the stopwatch timing, and the director’s name is Koreeda. And “Dennis”. Speaking in quiet awe.

Passing as usual in Cannes was not particularly unusual, but it proved to be very resilient to time fluctuations. Since its first film festival in 1946, following World War II, Cannes has endured as the greatest sight to spotlight the charm of the World Cinema and the Cote d’Azur. This year marks the 75th anniversary of Cannes.

“Now I hope to return to normal Cannes,” said Ruben, who returned this year with the social satire “Triangle of Sudness,” a sequel to the Palme d’Or-winning 2017 movie “The Square.” Ostrund says.

“If you’re a filmmaker, it’s a great place. It feels like it’s getting the attention of the film world,” adds Östlund. “People talk about different movies to hear what’s happening. Hopefully they’re talking about your movie.”

Promenade de la Croisette, Cannes
The Promenade de la Croisette before the 74th Cannes Film Festival on July 5, 2021 in Cannes, southern France. (VianneyLe Caer / Invision / AP)

Held on Tuesday at the premiere of Michel Hazanavicius’ zombie movie “Z,” this year’s Cannes has been seen in Europe since World War II in Ukraine, as well as the slow decline in pandemics and rising tides of streaming. Deployed against the greatest war. The festival, which began as a product of the war, initially began as a French rival to the Venice Film Festival, where Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler began to interfere. This year’s Cannes will resonate with the echoes, though not too far away. Away conflict.

The organizers of Cannes have banned Russians associated with the government from the festival. Several films by prominent Ukrainian filmmakers will be screened, including the Sergei Loznitsa documentary “Natural History of Destruction”. The footage shot by Lithuanian filmmaker Mantas Kvedaravicius before his murder in Mariupol in April is also shown by his fiancé Hannah Virobrois.

At the same time, Cannes hosts more than three years of Hollywood star wattage. Joseph Kosinski’s delayed pandemic “Top Gun: Maverick” will be screened shortly before it’s released in theaters. Tom Cruise walks the carpet and sits for a rare, cross-career interview.

“The dream of every director is to be able to go to Cannes someday,” says Kocinski. “It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience to go there with this movie and Tom, show it there, and be part of the retrospective they do for him.”

The port of Cannes will appear in preparation for the 72nd International Film Festival Cannes
The port of Cannes in preparation for the 72nd Cannes Film Festival to be held in Cannes, France on May 13, 2019. (JoelC Ryan / Invision / AP)

Warner Bros. will premiere Baz Luhrmann’s flashy “Elvis” starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks. George Miller, who finally played “Mad Max: Fury Road” in Cannes, debuts his fantasy epic “Your Millennium Longing” with Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton. Also debut: James Gray’s “Armagedon Time”, a semi-autobiographical growth story set in New York with Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Strong.

It’s far from everything in Hollywood. Cannes’ regulations on theatrical release essentially exclude streaming services from the competitive line-up where Palmdor winners are chosen. This year’s jury is headed by French actor Vincent Lindon.

This year’s lineup is full of festival veterans and former Palme winners, including Hirokazu Koreeda (“Broker”), Christian Mungiu (“RMN”), Dardenne Brothers & Luc Dardenne (“Tori and Rokita”). .. Icon crust filmmakers such as Claire Denis (“Noon Star”), David Cronenberg (“Future Crisis”), and Park Chan Wook (“Decision to Leave”), as well as reteam Kelly Reichardt. , Supports Palme. With Michelle Williams on “Showing Up”.

How far can the festival really go back, even with a stubborn slate full of Cannes all-stars? Last year’s Light-on-Cloud version included in-theatre masking and regular COVID-19 testing for attendees. He still produces some of the most acclaimed films of the year, including “Drive My Car,” “The Worst Person in the Worst,” and “Hero,” which were nominated for Best Film. While vulnerable to criticism of expression, Cannes continues to be an unparalleled platform for the best films.

Not likely to come back soon is the same amount of parties that characterize the year Harvey Weinstein was a ubiquitous figure at the festival. Participants will not be tested for COVID-19 and it is highly recommended to mask them. Few non-streaming companies have a budget for a gorgeous party. The crowd is returning to Cannes, how much?

“It’s going to be different,” says Tom Bernard, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics and a longtime regular in Cannes. “Are they going to have a party? Are they going to have COVID concerns? Or are they going there and trying to ignore things?”

Bernard has found that some practices in the Cannes market where movie distribution rights are bought and sold remain virtual. He says that the first encounters with sellers, where executives and producers usually travel between hotels along the Croisette, took place primarily at Zoom before the festival. Transactions have become more focused. Known for being friendly and frivolous, Cannes is probably growing a little more modestly.

“This is always a modification of the same event in every respect,” says Bernard. “I think the routine will change.”

One of the surest credibility in Cannes is the frequent and enthusiastic overture to the big screen advantage, despite the ongoing sea changes in the film industry. Some films, such as Ostrund, who co-star with Woody Harrelson, want to straddle the world of heterogeneous films that clash in Cannes.

“The goal we set for ourselves was to combine the best of American cinema with European cinema to do something really interesting and at the same time thought-provoking,” says Ostrund.

Associated Press