And the Cannes 1939 festival will take place in ... Orléans!
A jury, a prize list. The very first Cannes festival, canceled due to the war, will finally see the light of day. Thirty films will be in competition from 12 to 17 November 2019 on the banks of the Loire, thanks to the initiative of a few enthusiasts.
Everything was hastily designed, but everything was ready. The rules were set, the jury chosen, the selection of thirty-nine films from around the world about to be completed. On the Croisette, the municipal casino, in place and place of which now stands the Palais des Festivals, was equipped for the occasion with a projection room with a thousand seats. Under the leadership of Henri Gendre, the owner of the Grand Hotel, Cannes hoteliers had made their establishments available to festival-goers, who were to pass through the Côte d'Azur in the first twenty days of September. From Hollywood, the prestigious Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer had even chartered a liner to bring its stars - Gary Cooper, Norma Shearer, Douglas Fairbanks ... - to what was to be announced, at dusk in the summer of 1939, as a great celebration of seventh art and democracy, imagined a year earlier to counter a Venice Film Festival that fell into the hands of the fascist power of Mussolini. The very first Cannes Film Festival ... which never took place. This inaugural edition was finally postponed the day after the signing of the German-Soviet pact and then swept away by war.