AGENCIES, Cannes: The deadly coronavirus has claimed 2872 lives in China and is spreading across the world. The death toll in Iran has also risen to 54. Now, Covid-19 might yet claim its biggest victim – the coveted and most-awaited Cannes Film Festival. Yes, you read that right. Wait, don’t lose hope. Nothing is confirmed as of now.
Within hours after a woman tested positive for coronavirus in the Cannes region, speculations that the festival might be cancelled surfaced. But to allay fears, the festival released a statement saying that it is “too early to assume” that the festival, scheduled to be held from May 12-23, 2020, will be cancelled.
A spokesperson from Cannes said, “The Festival de Cannes is monitoring carefully the developments and the latest guidelines provided by the local, national and international authorities regarding the coronavirus, and is in direct link with the Alpes-Maritimes’ administrative office. As of today, it is still premature to express assumptions on an event scheduled in two months and a half.”
The spokesperson also said, “In due course and depending on the occurrences, the Festival de Cannes will naturally take all the necessary measures, aiming at ensuring the protection of all attendees and preserving their health during the event in Cannes, under the responsibility of public authorities, in particular the State and the City of Cannes. For now, the Cannes film Festival staff continues to prepare the event that will take place from May 12 to May 23, 2020.”
Meanwhile, Oscar-winning director Spike Lee will be jury president for this year’s 73rd Cannes Film Festival.