Cannes 2021: The Lineup Is Impressive, but the Media Frenzy May Be in Short Supply

Cannes 2021: The Lineup Is Impressive, but the Media Frenzy May Be in Short Supply
At the height of the pandemic last year, festival head Thierry Fremaux created a branded Cannes 2020 “official selection” of 56 titles for a festival that did not exist. A year later, Cannes 2021 will be on the ground July 6-17 with 18 months’ worth of selections. It’s a transition year, heading toward a return to full power in May 2022.

For now, that means the bulging global 2021 selection will give critics plenty to write about, but the festival is missing some of the usual red carpet bells and whistles that lures auteurs and celebrities to the Cote d’Azur for flashing photo calls and late-night offshore yacht revels. While many filmmakers are eager to show their work in big movie theaters, there will be fewer people to watch them do it. That could have a trickle-down effect: It’s harder to create a media frenzy over the next “Parasite” when there’s fewer people to be frantic.
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