The Cannes Film Festival salutes the memory of the victims of the Nice attack

The 2020 Cannes Film Festival, which had been postponed during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, ended Thursday evening, October 29, a few hours after a knife attack that bloodied the Côte d’Azur.

At the end of these three days of festival, the prize list could be delivered in extremis. The Palme d’Or for best short film was awarded to the Egyptian film I’am afraid to forget your face by Sameh Alaa. In total, eleven international short films, ranging from fiction to animation to documentaries, were in competition. The jury, which was notably composed of the Franco-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb, the actress Céline Sallette and the producer Charles Gillibert, welcomed “great accuracy and wealth” of this short film. The evening was to end with the screening of the film The two Alfred, by Bruno Podalydès.

This symbolic edition, which opened with the screening of the film A triumph Emmanuel Courcol, ended a few hours after the attack on the Notre-Dame de l’Assomption church in Nice, which left three dead. At the request of Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival, a minute of silence was observed in “tribute to the victims” of this attack. A black carpet has also replaced the usual red carpet installed on the rise of the steps of the Palais des festivals.

This festival also took place at the time when the Head of State announced the reconfinement of the country, from Thursday midnight until December 1, 2020. During this period, non-essential shops but also cinemas will have to close. The only exception: filming can continue. A new blow for the 7th art, which was struggling to get its head out of the water.

As for the Cannes Film Festival, which intended, by maintaining its symbolic edition, to send a message to professionals in the sector, all is not lost. By demonstrating that organizing a festival in the midst of a health crisis was possible, he is laying the groundwork for the 2021 edition. Temperature measurement, physical distancing … “All sanitary measures have been taken “, according to its president, Pierre Lescure.

In total, four films, including two French, were screened. Among the two foreign films: Asa Ga Kuru (True Mothers) by Japanese director Naomi Kawase, and a Georgian debut film by Dea Kulumbegashvili, Beginning (At the beginning), crowned in San Sebastian, Spain. Since it could not have taken place in May, the Cannes film festival had resigned itself to broadcasting a list of 56 feature films that were part of its “official selection 2020”.

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