(photo: AFP / ANTONIN THUILLIER)

O Cannes Film Festival, probably the most prestigious cinema event in the world, postponed its 73rd edition due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus. The organizers of the French Riviera festival, scheduled to take place between May 12 and 23, 2020, said on Thursday (3/19) that they are considering holding the event in late June or early July.

“As soon as the development of the international health situation in France allows us to access the real possibilities, we will publicize our decision,” said the festival in a statement.

Producers were reluctant to cancel Cannes. For weeks, they avoided questions and tried to publicize the selection process.

But as the pandemic spread across France, the decision became inevitable. On Saturday, French Prime Minister Edouad Philippe ordered the closure of all cinemas, restaurants and cafes in the country to combat the virus.

Other major film festivals, such as South By Southwest and the Tribeca Festival, have also been postponed or canceled.

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