“It is our job and our privilege”, with that phrase the Cannes Film Festival is ready to open today, with aerial, maritime and land surveillance and 30% of the capacity, although “there is no zero risk”, admitted the authorities . However, the 74th edition has the objective of “making a good festival and defending cinema”, said General Delegate Thierry Frémaux. “We have received many messages of congratulations for celebrating the festival, but it is not a merit or a demerit,” he added, since last year they tried until the last moment to celebrate the festival, but had to cancel it. “The situation was much more serious than holding a festival, even if it was the most important in the world.”
With protocols to prevent Covid-19 infections, the event requires vaccination, an immunization test or antigen test every 48 hours, and “a tent has been set up to facilitate this process.”
The myth of Cannes
The return of the event paralyzes the city. “The Cannes festival is a myth in Cannes,” highlights Efe Stéphane, a real estate worker from the city. From today on, movie stars such as Tilda Swinton, Spike Lee and Sean Penn will start arriving. The program will open with the musical Annette (by Leos Carax) starring Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver, and will close on July 17.
Regarding revenue, the festival generates more than US $ 237 million and creates 2,300 jobs. “It is, along with the Olympic Games and the World Cup, the most mediatic event and its power of attraction temporarily triples its local population, from its nearly 76,000 registered inhabitants, to about 200,000, many of them with the pass that gives access to the enclosure hanging permanently around the neck ”, adds Efe.
In addition to the artistic, for Frémaux, “Cannes is celebrated by authors, filmmakers, the press, and the city. We hope that it will be confirmed each day that we have chosen well ”.
Jury. There will also be the Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho, whom the festival will honor for having competed twice in Cannes and for being the representative of “a great country”, which is one of the most affected by the pandemic.