The Covid makes Cannes evenings even more exclusive

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Cannes (France) (AFP)

The battle for after party invitations has always been fierce at the world’s most glamorous festival, but thanks to social distancing rules, it will be even harder than usual to overtake the doorman at Cannes this year.

“We will not be able to do everything we want,” warned Pierre Lescure, president of the Cannes Film Festival.

“We’re not going to have a lot of parties and big gatherings that could have difficult consequences.”

The celebrations had already been reduced in recent years compared to the golden age of the festival in the last century, due to the economic downturn and pressure from locals for some peace.

But now the pandemic has really put the brakes on things.

“It is our responsibility to everyone – the festival, the city, the participants – that this post-pandemic event runs smoothly,” Lescure said.

What this means in real terms is that eye-catchers are removed from guest lists.

One of the highlights – the U.S. amfAR AIDS charity’s gala – continues, but the number of attendees at this year’s event on July 16 has increased from 900 to 400.

The power of the star will always be present, however, with Alicia Keys on stage and Milla Jovovich, Nicole Kidman and Heidi Klum have confirmed their attendance.

Chopard, the jewelers who make the real Palme d’Or trophy, have canceled their big party – another of the usual highlights – in favor of a few chosen meetings on the terrace of the Martinez hotel.

“In any case, for the past ten years, the holiday budget has fallen considerably. The celebrations which once gathered 1000 people were already reduced to 300″, declared to AFP Dominique Segall, one of the main attachés of French press.

“A festival without real parties seems unimaginable,” lamented Alexandre Maras, party correspondent for the magazine Gala, whose Cannes supplement has gone from seven pages to four.

“The parties are part of the festival. Now the events will be even more exclusive … even more premium,” he said.

Some have seen this for a long time.

“A new era is dawning. The Cannes evenings often had a lot of people who had nothing to do”, sniffs Albane Cleret, one of the last great animators of the festival.

Its “Terrasse by Albane” invests the roof of the Marriott hotel to become one of the most exclusive places of the festival.

“Now we can have dinners where we piece the world together and really talk business. “

An undeniable advantage of all this: the municipality of Cannes says that orders for garbage cans are down sharply this year.