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‘A new period in history’ for Cannes Film Festival

Organisers of the world’s most famous film event, the Festival de Cannes, have announced the dates of the 2018 edition: Tuesday 8th to Saturday 19th May. Festival president Pierre Lescure also revealed, the festival is ‘beginning a new period in its history’ that will ‘question the cinema of our age’.

An allusion to recent reports of widespread sexual assault and harassment in the film industry? Lescure did not say more than: “Following 2017’s anniversary edition, the festival is beginning a new period in its history. We intend to renew the principles of our organisation as much as possible, while continuing to question the cinema of our age and to be present through its upheavals.”

The festival committee say the new schedule, which will start and finish a day earlier than previous editions, allows them to ‘rebalance the two weeks of the event and to bring new energy to the proceedings’.

By commencing on a Tuesday, they continue, organisers will be able to host an additional gala evening before the weekend and also organise previews of the opening film throughout France. The famous Palme d’Or award ceremony will be taking place on the final day of the festival – a Saturday – to ‘increase its prestige’ and ‘give the closing film better exposure’.