Canada Asphyxiated by the Covid-19, the cinema wants to believe in its reconstruction
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Will the cinema industry survive the second wave of Covid-19? The professionals, suffocated by the health crisis, were resigned Thursday after the announcement of a reconfinement of the country, causing de facto the closure of dark rooms.
Not surprised but a little dazed. Representatives of authors and directors, operators of cinemas ... All are united in the same distress. How to get your head out of the water when the cinemas will have to lower the curtain once again?
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The director of "Mondovino" adapts "My last words" by Santiago Amigorena with Nick Nolte, Charlotte Rampling and Stellan Skarsgård. © Provided by Franceinfo Filmmaker activist of the environmental cause, champion of sustainable viticulture, himself an American farmer living in Italy, Jonathan Nossiter ( Mondovino ) adapts My last words of the Argentinian writer Santiago Amigorena in Last Words , which releases Wednesday, October 21.
"It's a very sad moment for the country and of course for the cinema. For us, it's a bit of a return to square one. We will have to rebuild everything again," Marc explains to AFP. Olivier Sebbag, General Delegate of the National Federation of French Cinemas.
This re-containment comes at the very moment when the industry thought it was seeing light at the end of the tunnel. With over three million admissions, “last week was the best week since theaters reopened” on June 22, said Sebbag.
- Dead screens - After being forced to close in the spring, for an unprecedented period of 100 days, the theaters were shunned by the public during the summer. In particular, the absence of American blockbusters.
Because while most French productions have bet on solidarity with exhibitors, large foreign productions have preferred to postpone their release.
Netflix: the news for the week from October 23 to 29, 2020
© Netflix Netflix: the news for the week from October 23 to 29, 2020 What's new this week on the SVOD platform? Films, series, documentaries ... Télé-Loisirs tells you everything. It's a chewable week ahead on Netflix, both literally and figuratively. From this Friday, October 23, fans of large sharks and cold sweats will delight in the masterpiece of its kind: the cult Teeth of the sea, by Steven Spielberg .
Like the highly anticipated James Bond, "Dying Can Wait", initially scheduled for April, which was postponed for the first time to November 11, before being postponed again to March 31. Ditto for the last Pixar "Soul", which will ultimately only be available as a streamig on the Disney platform from December 25.
The only exception is "Tenet" by Christopher Nolan, released at the end of August and which has made more than two million admissions in France.
A situation which further complicates the life of independent exhibitors: "the shortage of films is a real problem because as soon as a film comes out, all the cinemas flock to it. But demand stagnates", explains Fabien Houi. President of the Independent Parisian Cinemas (CIP).
Upstream in the production chain, concerns are just as acute. "The question is how long we will be able to hold out under these conditions," sighs Pierre Jolivet, president of the Civil Society of Authors, Directors and Producers (ARP).
PORTRAIT. Bottle-fed very early in the cinema, Laurence is at the helm of the Paradis des cinéphiles
© Thierry Creux / Ouest-France Laurence Forin, 50, manager of the municipal cinema Le Paradis, rue du Phare, in Quiberon, in the semi-darkness of her room projection. Laurence Forin is in charge of Paradis, the municipal cinema in Quiberon, at the end of the Morbihan peninsula. Meetings and festivals follow one another. A story worthy of a movie. Until Sunday, October 25, the writer Douglas Kennedy, the critic François Busnel, two directors and an editor are at Le Paradis in Quiberon.
"The creation will be there, he assures. The problem, however, is visibility."
Prime Minister Jean Castex said Thursday that filming was authorized.
- Towards an impoverishment of the sector? - When can the films in gestation be released? Will there still be open rooms? Are we moving inexorably towards the pauperization of the sector? Questions, to date, without answers.
The other problem, pointed out by many experts, is the question around streaming platforms. If theaters remain closed or shunned by the public, are the platforms in danger of permanently replacing dark rooms?
"At a certain level of production, we need the cinema", relativizes Fabien Houi, for whom the platforms will not be able "to buy five or six films at 30 million dollars each".
In the meantime, the State, like the National Center for Cinema and Animated Image (CNC), remains at the bedside of the sector. Last week, the Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot announced a new budget envelope for performing arts and cinema, including 30 million euros only for the 7th art.
A "proactive policy in favor of culture and cinema" welcomed by Thierry Frémaux on Tuesday at the opening of the symbolic edition of the Cannes Festival.
"Reconstruction is possible", summarizes Marc-Olivier Sebbag. But the road will be long and will not be done without the financial support of the State, he adds.
Celine Dion signs for her first major film role in Jim Strouse's "Text to you" .
The singer with 200 million albums sold worldwide, Celine Dion, will make her first steps in the cinema in a major role. The film chosen: "Text to you", by Jim Strouse, based on a novel by German writer Sofie Cramer. © Provided by Franceinfo After more than forty years of a career exclusively dedicated to song, Celine Dion has taken the often postponed jump and is therefore embarking on her first serious film project.