Spike Lee has applauded the choice to postpone the Cannes Film Festival amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The 63-year-old director made historical past earlier this yr after it was revealed he could be the primary black president of the pageant’s jury, however he agrees with pageant director Thierry Fremaux’s resolution to place the occasion again.
He advised Variety: ”I agree 100 per cent with Thierry and the Cannes Film Festival.
”The world has modified and it is altering every single day. People are dying and France’s president has stated, a number of occasions – I’m paraphrasing – ‘We are at battle.’ We are in a war-like time.
”The stuff that we love has to take a again seat: films, TV, sports activities, the NBA is a world sport, baseball.
”So many issues have been postponed, and I agree with this transfer.”
Thierry is claimed to be making an attempt to reschedule Cannes for later this yr.
The annual movie pageant was because of happen between May 12 and May 23, however because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, organisers have stated the occasion ”can’t be held on the scheduled dates”.
They stated in a press release: ”At this time of world well being disaster, our ideas go to the victims of the COVID-19 and we specific our solidarity with all of those that are preventing the illness. Today, we’ve made the next resolution: The Festival de Cannes can’t be held on the scheduled dates, from May 12 to 23. Several choices are thought of as a way to protect its working, the principle one being a easy postponement, in Cannes, till the tip of June-beginning of July, 2020
”As quickly as the event of the French and worldwide well being state of affairs will permit us to evaluate the true risk, we’ll make our resolution recognized, in accordance with our ongoing session with the French Government and Cannes’ City Hall in addition to with the Festival’s Board Members, Film trade professionals and all of the companions of the occasion.”
Cannes Film Festival is simply one of many many occasions being postponed or cancelled within the wake of the pandemic, which has taken greater than 10,000 lives, with over 245,000 confirmed instances all over the world.