Hollywood’s French movie pageant won’t happen this yr because of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers stated Tuesday, as instances proceed to surge in america.
COLCOA, which options premieres and glitzy galas for Gallic cinema in Los Angeles, will subsequent happen in September 2021 — a 25th anniversary version.
The choice was taken because of “the persevering with well being state of affairs in america, which is completely different from Europe in the mean time,” COLCOA stated in a press release to AFP.
COVID-19 remains to be rampaging throughout the US, which has recorded greater than 125,000 deaths and a couple of.5 million instances, and theaters in Los Angeles stay shuttered.
Uncertainties stay over how the state of affairs, together with journey restrictions, will progress by September — when this yr’s COLCOA was because of happen — the assertion added.
Organizers stated that they had dominated out a “digital” version of the pageant.
Screenings in theaters are “essentially and symbolically necessary for all official premieres of a movie in Hollywood,” stated pageant director Francois Truffart, including that “this type of public occasion will stay vital and standard even after the disaster.”
Final yr’s COLCOA — which stands for “Metropolis of Lights, Metropolis of Angels” — opened with Ladj Ly’s gritty Oscar-nominated drama “Les Miserables.”
It additionally featured Netflix’s “I Misplaced My Physique,” a French animation a few severed hand which additionally earned an Oscar nomination.