Cannes Film Festival Director on Paris Attacks: "Culture Cannot Yield"

Thierry Fremaux

Thierry Fremaux says France must not change its way of living.

Thierry Fremaux, the director of the Cannes Film Festival, says the people of France feel "like we're in the middle of a war" after the recent terror attacks that left 130 dead, but that doesn't mean the country should change its way of living. 

While attending Ventana Sur film market in Buenos Aires to present the annual Cannes Film Week, Fremaux spoke with La Nacion.

"On the organization level, nothing will change, because Cannes had already adopted maximum security measures after the 9/11 attacks," Fremaux said. "You can't be absolutely safe with these fanatics, but we are aware of whom we're dealing with. Of course, the most frivolous parties will be canceled, and we'll try to bring the conflicts inherent to religious and ethnic integration into the programming, but my feeling is that the artistic explorations from these attacks will be reflected in the 2017 edition," he added.

Fremaux also said he believes the films with releases canceled after the attacks will eventually be seen in theaters.

"I'm sure we'll be able to see them in about six months," he said, mentioning Made in France, Nicolas Boukrief's controversial thriller about homegrown jihadists from Paris’ suburbs. That was one of the films held after the attacks. "We will never forget these attacks, but culture cannot yield, and cannot let itself be taken by self-censorship. We won't change our way of living, but we do have to see the world in a different way."

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