“Films,” Fremaux said, “that are feverish – acute and urgent. Lots of poetry and new forms.
“We were dreaming of having a festival with no seating capacity and we will have one at full capacity. But the pandemic is not over. Having said that, we can organize dinners, as long as no table can accommodate more than six people. (As of this writing, only outdoor patio dining is allowed nationwide. The plan is to allow indoor dining on June 9 and some semblance of normal behavior to go on. June 30. The festival begins just 6 days later.)
The Festival is in close contact with the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, specify Fremaux and Lescure. “For example, if a French resident in the United States wants to attend the Festival, he will be admitted to France but will he be able to return to the United States? President Biden is due in Europe in 10 days and that should help clarify some things. ”
The streaming giants stay at home
Speaking of clarification, Fremaux was asked about the lack of films provided by Netflix. Fremaux has said for years that when a Netflix production is Cannes quality, they would be delighted to show it in an out-of-competition niche. Or a Competition slot machine if Netflix wasn’t so stubborn and stubborn. (You read that right, I call Netflix blinkered and stubborn, NOT the Cannes Film Festival.)
“We have rules,” says Fremaux. “Any film selected for the Competition must be made available for screening in French cinemas. The French must be able to see the films of the Competition indoors. Netflix does not wish to abide by this rule and is not interested in any programming niche that is not part of the Contest. So, no, there are no Netflix movies in the official selection this year.
“The job of a film festival is to defend, support and accompany films in cinemas”, explains Fremaux. “A festival is a living being, a kind of performance.