On Thursday, Cannes chief Thierry Fremaux announced the grand film festival’s 71st official selection. The selection list includes new films made by Spike Lee, David Robert Mitchell, Jean-Luc Godard and Jafar Panahi. After unveiling the official selection, Fremaux had an interview with the Hollywood Reporter at the Cannes’ brand-new Paris headquarters. In the interview, Fremaux shared his views about this year’s official line up. He also discussed some of the controversial topics surrounding the Cannes that made the headlines. These include Netflix pulling out of Cannes, the banning of taking selfies and the presence of female filmmakers on the Croisette.
This year’s Cannes official line up is a mixed bag of new as well as familiar faces. Although the lineup looks light on paper, there is a chance that some of them might raise the pulse. Also, Fremaux said that they would add some more titles to the line up in the upcoming weeks. This year Cannes is targeting to show 20-21 movies.
Fremaux told The Hollywood reported that they added more new films because they realized that there were a lot of new voices worth programming, either in the competition or other parts of the selection, like the Un Certain Regard sidebar. When asked about the inclusion of very less Amercian movies in the lineup, Fremaux said that the American films mostly focus on the Oscars and they are obsessed with it. So, they prefer to wait for the fall festival season as they think that Cannes falls too early for them.
This year’s Cannes festival has got new press screening rules. Instead of watching the films early, the critics will now have to watch the films along with the public or the next day. Fremaux said that the new press screening rules are justified because it is impossible to embargo 1,200 film critics at a time and also added to that there are 4000 credited journalists. On Wednesday, Netflix pulled out of the Cannes festival because of the rule changes this year that will prohibit its movies to play in competition without a theatrical release in France.