Cannes Won’t Decide Whether to Cancel the Festival Until 15 April as France Shutters Theatres
Film festivals the world round are shuttering their doors amid the coronavirus outbreak, from SXSW to the San Francisco International Film Festival, Tribeca, Hot Docs, and many more. The one still standing is the biggest of all: the 2020 edition of the Cannes Film Festival, set to take place on the French riviera 12 May through 23. However, according to a report in Le Point and confirmed to IndieWire by festival sources, Cannes isn’t going to decide whether or not it will cancel its 73rd edition until 15 April, the day before the competition lineup is set to be revealed.
On 15 April, the decision will be made among festival staff, in cooperation with the city and state services. “Despite some sensational headlines, there is no new [news] regarding the Festival de Cannes,” a Cannes spokesperson told IndieWire. “The event, that should take place from 12 May to 23 May, is studying with care and clarity the evolution of the national and international situation, in close cooperation with the City of Cannes and the CNC. When the time comes, around mid-April, they will take the necessary decision together.”
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