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Festival de Cannes
Following the French President’ statement, on Monday, April 13th, we acknowledged that the postponement of the 73rd International Cannes Film Festival, initially considered for the end of June to the beginning of July, is no longer an option. It is clearly difficult to assume that the Festival de Cannes could be held this year in its original form.
Nevertheless, since yesterday evening we have started many discussions with professionals, in France and abroad. They agree that the Festival de Cannes, an essential pillar for the film industry, must explore all contingencies allowing to support the year of Cinema by making Cannes 2020 real, in a way or another.
The Cannes Film Festival, a professional event in the heart of the capital of cinema
Spike Lee, President of the Jury at the 73rd Festival de Cannes.
The American director Spike Lee is to serve as President of the Jury at the next Festival de Cannes. At 62, the filmmaker, who is also a screenwriter, actor, editor and producer, has made numerous films that have become cult objects, and he brought the questions and contentious issues of the times to contemporary cinema. But he’s never lost sight of the public, setting out to raise their awareness of his causes in film after film.
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The Cannes Film Festival has been celebrating the cinema for over 70 years. The French Association Française du Festival International du Film has managed to keep pace and retain the essentials: a passion for the cinema, discovery of new talents, the enthusiasm of festival-goers and professionals from all over the world.
The official selection and information can be found on the Festival de Cannes website.
Cannes, capital of cinema: not-to-be-missed places and activities
Find Delphine’s selection – she’s an expert in the destination and shares her knowledge of what to see and do in Cannes, the city of cinema.
Don’t forget to ask for a guided tour of the city with René-Pierre, cinema greeter.
The first International Film Festival opened on 20 September 1946 after an interrupted attempt in 1939. The atmosphere was light-hearted after the years of war and movie stars couldn’t wait to discover the region’s charms. In 1954, a young American actress, Grace Kelly, came to the Côte d'Azur with Cary Grant to shoot a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. She participated in the International Film Festival the following year and met Prince Rainier of Monaco. They were married on 22 April 1956, the day before the Festival opened. In 1955, when the Palme d'Or made its debut, it also marked the birth of a French star and the symbol of a liberated, natural woman - Brigitte Bardot.
The history of Cannes and the cinema continues to be written year by year. The tourist office team will share it with you during guided tours and will advise you in line with your wishes.
The complete tourist office offer for discovering Cannes-Cinema.