The Cannes Film Festival has been postponed due to the unfold of the novel coronavirus, organizers of the annual occasion in southern France stated on Thursday.
Several new dates had been into account, together with the tip of June, they stated in a press release. The movie pageant, one of many largest on the planet, was due to happen from May 12-23.
The postponement follows weeks of hypothesis over whether or not the pageant, which attracts 1000’s of filmmakers, celebrities and executives to the French metropolis, would give you the option to go forward.
France is in its third day of a lockdown aimed toward containing the unfold of the coronavirus.
“At this time of worldwide well being disaster, our ideas go to the victims of the COVID-19 and we categorical our solidarity with all of those that are combating the illness,” a press release stated.
“The Festival de Cannes can’t be held on the scheduled dates, from May 12 to 23. Several choices are thought of so as to protect its operating, the primary one being a easy postponement, in Cannes, till the tip of June – starting of July.”
The pageant was the most recent occasion within the leisure trade to be postponed or cancelled, together with the discharge of huge funds motion pictures like Mulan and No Time to Die, in addition to music festivals Glastonbury and Coachella and the closure of theatres in London and on Broadway.