In other words, hell.
This new confinement has caused us to enter a process of fragmentation, polarization, exasperation, disinformation and, of course, violence.
Cancellation of the Cannes film festival came as sad news. After 1939 (1st edition canceled the day before the declaration of joining the war, only the poster by Jean-Gabriel Domergue, the painter of pretty women and carefree days, had been produced), after 1948 and 1950 for lack of money, and then... and then in 2020!
After the first confinement, we would have liked to return to the paradise of films and the interplay between comedy and tragedy, underhanded tricks and affairs of the heart.
For the 40th anniversary in 1987, the festival ended with the famous raised fist of Maurice Pialat, with the presentation of his Palme d'Or for Under the Sun of Satan
. In front of a Lumière theater in a heated dispute, Pialat declared "If you don't like me, I can tell you that I don't like you either.
40th Cannes Festival Palme d'Or © Ina - 1987
It is this gloomy atmosphere that we’ve found at the end of the year with confinement #2.
Cruel news when the caned chairs remain stacked behind the glass facades in the silence of the darkened boulevards, neighborhoods devoid of their soul. If the whole world still dreams of sitting down at a table in Paris, it’s because this fantasy does not date from yesterday.
Michel Piccoli, who died on 12 May, certainly did not want to come back to the present-day world. End clap on these smoky cars of the seventies, the gypsy at the wheel with the pedal to the metal, life before you at 100 per hour and without a seatbelt, towards wedding banquets in shirtsleeves, parties in the countryside with a Sunday roast, returns to the city in a soaked raincoat.
In France where this art of living and conviviality seem to have been invented, we don’t only go to restaurants to eat, nor to cafes to drink. "All my shoots bring me back to it. A café is a haven and I'm too fond of cities to do without them
", said Claude Sautet.
The minute of silence has lasted too long.
In the novel The Shining
by Stephen King, adapted for the cinema by Stanley Kubrick, there’s this wonderful line: "The world's a hard place, Danny. It don't hate you and me, but it don't love us, either. It don't care.
Fortunately, cinema will always be eternal, with Cannes or without Cannes, in sickness and in health, in good and bad years, in 35mm, in digital or whatever comes after them.
DC Audiovisuel wishes you happiness and health for this New Year.