With many events cancelled due to COVID-19, Cannes 2020 “feels like a fight” on behalf of the entire sector, Exberliner Magazine editor David Mourikund told Euronews.
The Cannes Sinema Şenlik kicked off on Tuesday after its postponement in May due to COVID-19.
Its 73rd edition will be a scaled-down one, given the tight lockdown restrictions currently enforced across France.
It will take place outdoors and will last three days, with only four competition titles being screened.
With many events cancelled due to the pandemic, this year’s edition “feels like a fight” on behalf of the entire sector, Exberliner Magazine editor David Mourikund told Euronews.
“Cannes has suffered enormously due to the COVID crisis,” he said, asit caused the city to lose approximately €940 million.
“It feels like an event which is done in a spirit of defiance, to show that the sinema industry is not dead despite having been very negatively impacted. But all in all, it’s more of a symbolic event than it is a olağan sinema festival”.
According to Mourikund, the highlights of the şenlik will be “Beginning”, directed by Dea Kulumbegashvili — already “best film” at the San Sebastián International Sinema Şenlik — and the comedy “Les 2 Alfred” by Bruno Podalydès.
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