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Cannes is warming up


Cannes is warming up

Cannes in March  2016 By Torkil Baden

Photos: Cannes-destination.

CANNES/FRANCE: The sun is shining, the restaurants and hotels are overcrowded, but where are the movie stars? Where is jury president Georg «Mad Max» Miller and the thousands of shining and less shining stars?

Cannes is warming up. Foto Cannes destination

Cannes is warming up. Foto Cannes destination

It is two months early, and the 22 000 delegates with badges hanging down the chest are not from Hollywood, but from the real estate business. The beach is crowded with white tents as if waiting for Sharon Stone and Woody Allen to host a champagne reception. But the tents are visited by hardcore investors who discuss how to earn money in housing.  MIPIM is the name of the real estate congress, and even the city  of Oslo is represented with a stand, inviting the world to participate in a greener future.

Cannes is warming up. Foto: Cannes destination.

Cannes is warming up. Foto: Cannes destination.

40 000

About 40 000 people have filled the city of Cannes the last week, including visitors to the property fair. That is a lot in a city of 70 000 inhabitants.  And the number of the property people is about the same as is expected 11th-22nd of May: 35 000 film professionals and 4 000 journalists.

In two months it will be like this in Cannes. foto Cannes-destination.

In two months it will be like this in Cannes. foto Cannes-destination.

Last year 1300 films were shown including a new feature of the year: 11 open air performances on the beach for the public, Cinéma de la Plage.

The organizers, during the year located in Paris, wait as long as possible to announce the final program. The selection of films come out mid-April, and the daily schedule in the beginning of May.

Photographers

The unique Carlton lunch on the beach will soon open, and on the Croisette private cars are banned and is reserved for movie star  limousines only. The port will be filled with yachts to be chartered for a reception in the Mediterranean. Ant the free lance photographers walk restless around carrying their stepladders waiting for the motive of the day, not having a clue of who may suddenly show up.

It will start already on the airport where photographers line up in the arrival area. If you ask them who they are waiting for, they don’t know. But hopefully somebody worth a shot and goodwill by an editor may arrive witht he next plane.

In two months it will be like this in Cannes. Photo: Cannes-destination

In two months it will be like this in Cannes. Photo: Cannes-destination

 

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