Cannes says film festival could be postponed until summer

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The Cannes Film Festival, the largest in the world, could be pushed back to the summer of this year from its usual May date due to the Covid crisis, organizers said on Wednesday.

The festival, scheduled for May 11-22, “will certainly take place in 2021,” a spokeswoman told AFP, but could be postponed to a period between late June and late July.

The festival was canceled last year, while rival European events in Berlin and Venice were held under strict health restrictions.

The organizers still need some time “to assess the situation at the start of the year” before making a decision, said the Cannes spokesperson.

The Berlin Film Festival, which usually kicks off in February, announced last month that it will hold this year’s edition in two stages, an online offering for industry professionals in March and a public event in June.

In 2019, the coveted Palme d’Or de Cannes went to South Korean film “Parasite” by Bong Joon-ho, which won the inaugural Oscar for Best Picture for a Non-English Film at the Hollywood Academy Awards.

The Cannes Film Festival attracts around 45,000 officially accredited people each year, including around 4,500 journalists.

Its film market, organized alongside the main competition, is the industry’s largest market for producers, distributors, buyers and programmers.

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