Currently in promotion for his book “Judoka”, Thierry Frémaux, general delegate of the Cannes Film Festival, has indicated that he would like to avoid gauges and masks, and says he is ready to postpone the event until this fall.
How Cannes plans to cope with the pandemic, after having had to cancel its 2020 edition in its usual form? As has been announced at the end of January, the 74th edition, which was to be held from May 11 to 22, 2021, was finally postponed for two months, with the time slot now from July 6 to 17, 2021.
As its general delegate, Thierry Frémaux, had already hinted at it several times, the idea of a new postponement cannot be ruled out. At the RTL microphone a few days ago, and yesterday in the columns of Release who draws him the portrait, Thierry Frémaux explained that a festival being held in the fall would be possible. Because, important precision, he would like a Cannes “without gauges or masks“, because for him,”in between is the worst“. So, he says he is ready to push back until the fall”if necessary“, writes the newspaper.
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In any case, the Festival team does not plan to organize a virtual event, or at a distance. Thierry Frémaux is betting on a “classic configuration“, as he had recently explained in the columns of Inrocks.”The Cannes Film Festival is a living spectacle. A festival is a living spectacle in itself. It was never intended for us to do it online“.
For the record, the 2020 edition had been canceled, but an official selection had nevertheless been unveiled in early June 2020, with a “Cannes Label” system. A brief and symbolic physical edition was still held this fall a few days before the announcement of the 2nd confinement.
Thierry Frémaux has also just released a new autobiographical book, Judoka, in which he evokes his mixed passion for judo and cinema.