Request for exemption rejected … Jean Castex, Prime Minister, has just announced that cinemas and more broadly the entertainment world (theater, concerts …) will not have an exemption, following the announcement from a curfew at 9 p.m. starting this weekend, in Ile-de-France and 8 metropolises.
“The rules must be the same for everyone (…) I am sure everyone will adapt, including the world of culture whose difficulties I know“, explained Jean Castex, while he is traveling in Hauts-de-France.”I know that the world of culture is affected, we will deploy all means to cushion the shock that this will represent. Discussions continue to this effect. I’m sure the industry will adapt to these rules of the game“, he added, as relayed by our colleagues from Box Office Pro.
This morning, Bruno Le Maire had also indicated that an exemption was not possible.
Roselyne Bachelot, Minister of Culture, had heard the demands of the culture sector, seeming favorable to their request to consider a cinema ticket or a theater ticket as proof of travel after 9 p.m. The world of culture was campaigning for a ticket to act as a pass, so that a movie screening or a theater performance could end at 9 p.m., leaving some extra time to get home. This request for exemption was therefore rejected.
A petition has been launched, on the initiative of actor Pierre Deladonchamps, “So that live shows and cinema are accepted exceptions to the curfew”. Friday afternoon, more than 800 people had already signed:
As indicated yesterday by the FNCF, which reacted to the announcement of the curfew, this could cause a “domino effect“on film releases. The Peninsula zombie film, for example, chose to postpone its release to December, before changing its mind “in solidarity with the entire cinema industry“and maintain the date of October 21. Other films, such as Nicolas Vanier’s family film Poly, have decided to stay on the date initially set.
We learn, moreover, that night filming will be exempt from curfew. In its columns French Film specifies that “filming that will take place after 9 p.m. will not be subject to a curfew since it is a professional activity“.
The curfew comes into effect this Friday evening at midnight, in Ile de France and 8 metropolises.