A government-mandated curfew introduced in France last week has been widespread across the country and will come into effect from Friday evening. An estimated 46 million people (69% of the population) will be affected by the new measures that Prime Minister Jean Castex announced tonight.
Residents of a total of 54 affected areas (or departments) (38 added today) will be under strict curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. as France attempts to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Coupled with the ongoing impact this will have on cinemas, which make most of their box office from evening shows, a three-day Cannes Film Festival event slated for next week has responded immediately with an adjustment to its schedule.
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A representative of the festival informed . that the premiere, which was originally supposed to start from October 27th to 29th at 7pm, will now be postponed to 6pm. Further demonstrations will take place during the day as planned. A dinner previously scheduled for the opening ceremony on the 27th was kiboshed. The Cannes Film Festival was canceled earlier this year due to the coronavirus crisis, but curated an official selection for 2020, with some films traveling to other Cannes label events.
Overall, the extension of the curfew announced tonight means that the exhibition will feel another pinch – and that for at least six weeks. Last weekend actually had more admissions compared to the previous frame, although Paris and many other major cities were under curfew. New releases were a factor, however, including Troll’s World Tour, a family animated film that didn’t rely on late-night shows and grossed $ 2 million in 623 locations.
Still, there are concerns about the exhibition. That means: Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot said tonight that 30 million euros are earmarked for the film industry.
“Our goal,” she said, “is to make sure the cinemas don’t close.” For that, film releases have to be retained … We need culture, maybe more now in this time of crisis. “