CANNES, France — The Cannes Film Festival has always been a jarring clash of the glam and the grim, between often dark films and the stars who pose on the red carpet to promote them. This year, news and business developments were as much on the minds of festivalgoers as the movies and the paparazzi. Here are scenes from the first days of the festival:
Security Measures and Parties
On Tuesday afternoon the festival honored victims of the terrorist attack in Manchester, England, with a moment of silence on the red carpet, where the festival director, Thierry Frémaux, and his staff had gathered. Organizers also canceled a fireworks display planned for Tuesday evening, when it will hold a gala celebrating the festival’s 70th edition.
In a statement on Tuesday, festival organizers expressed “horror, anger and immense sadness” at the Manchester bombing, adding, “This is yet another attack on culture, youth and joyfulness, on our freedom, generosity and tolerance, all things that the festival and those who make it possible — the artists, professionals and spectators — hold dear.”
This year’s festival, which runs through Sunday, is being held amid more security measures than ever before, including metal detectors, bag searches, rooftop snipers and boats patrolling the waterfront outside the headquarters, the Palais du Cinema. Metal barriers and large concrete flower pots have been placed along the beachside road, known as the Croisette, to prevent a Nice-style attack. The Palais was briefly evacuated on Saturday night after a suspicious object was found, but viewers were quickly ushered back to screenings.
In many respects, the festival is carrying on as always. At a party at a beach club for the Todd Haynes film “Wonderstruck,” Michelle Williams greeted fans while her young co-star, Jaden Michael, danced like Michael Jackson. Another co-star, Millicent Simmonds, who is deaf, chatted in sign language with her interpreter. Meanwhile, a patrol boat filled with armed officers glided along the waters in the near distance beyond a dock with a billboard for “The Emoji Movie.”
Mid-Gala News Alerts
At a televised ceremony on Wednesday, the festival was opened by the French-American actress Lily-Rose Depp and the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who finally collected his Oscar for “The Salesman.” The film had been shown at Cannes last year, where it won best actor and best screenplay. Then in February, the drama won the Academy Award for best foreign language film, but Mr. Farhadi didn’t attend the ceremony in protest of President Trump’s proposed travel ban for citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries. Accepting the statuette, he praised Cannes as a “place where cultures speak to one another.”
That wasn’t the only time American politics invaded the Croisette. At the gala dinner after the ceremony, the jury, led by Pedro Almodóvar, who wore sunglasses inside, chatted at a central table while news alerts lit up cellphones about developments surrounding Mr. Trump.
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