“Masks are the rule, the law, and the guarantee that the Festival will go to the end.”
During the opening night of the 74th Cannes Film Festival, the mistress of ceremonies Doria Tillier logically mentioned the Covid-19 epidemic, which imposed the closure of cinemas for long months and the cancellation of the 2020 edition. She then joked that the wearing of masks by stars, such as Andie MacDowell, made the exercise of hosting such a night less impressive for her. Indeed, the actress of Four weddings and a funeralt, seated in the audience, was protected, but she was almost an exception: during the many shots on the hall of the Palais des Festivals, the majority of the spectators did not wear the mask. Starting with the team for the opening film, Annette, whose director Leos Carax and star Adam Driver made a big reaction by lighting up a cigarette in the middle of the “standing-ovation”, which followed the screening. While they were still in the room, therefore. On the red carpet, several personalities, like Jessica Chastain or Carla Bruni, also exchanged kisses, which goes against health rules and has not escaped the photographers.
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Since then, the failure to respect the wearing of a mask during the festival has caused noise on social networks, to such an extent that the organizers of the festival have officially reacted, to recall its importance. Pierre Lescure tweeted, Thursday: “I recall that the images of people without masks who turn and shock (I understand) date from Tuesday evening, between the opening ceremony and the screening, that is to say during the 30 minutes of disassembly of the set. Since yesterday, everyone wear a mask in all rooms. Then he shared this other message, before recording one for festival-goers which is broadcast before each screening.
More than 8000 tests are carried out every day, any unvaccinated person or coming from a country which does not present a health pass (Jury included) recognized by Europe, performs a test every 48 hours.
I repeat, everyone wears a mask, in all the rooms.
– Pierre Lescure (@pierrelescure) July 8, 2021
The general delegate of the festival, Thierry Frémaux, told him again to the journalists who attended the films in competition (for example to the one of H6, by Ye Ye, screened Friday, that we told in our last recap ‘): “We were called to order, therefore: masks! Masks are the rule, the law, and the guarantee that the Festival will go to the end.”
Officially, the rules are however strict for this 74th edition of the Cannes film festival. Participants must all provide a health pass, which proves they are vaccinated, or undergo tests every 48 hours, otherwise they cannot enter the main hall. The organizers are all the more vigilant as the drop in cases has not been relevant for a few days: the contagion is on the rise again, in particular because of the delta variant, and Emmanuel Macron has planned to address the French on Monday evening at 8 p.m. to take stock of the situation.
More info in our special Cannes festival file