Magazine article Screen International

Cannes Reacts to Manchester Terror Attack

Magazine article Screen International

Cannes Reacts to Manchester Terror Attack

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Film festival to hold minute's silence, cancels fireworks.

There was a minute's silence today (23 May) at the Cannes Film Festival in tribute to the victims of the Manchester terror attack.

Twenty-two people were killed in a suicide attack at Manchester Arena during a pop concert.

During this morning's screening of director Abbas Kiarostami's 24 Frames, Cannes Festival director Thierry Fremaux announced the minute's silence, and that planned fireworks would be cancelled.

According to AFP, he said: "Solidarity with the city of Manchester. We have to show that we won't take it, and life goes on".

The festival released a statement on Twitter, which said: "The Festival de Cannes would like to express its horror, anger and immense sadness following the attack on the public and the city of Manchester last night.

"This is yet another attack on culture, youth and joyfulness, on our freedom, generosity and tolerance, all things that the festival and those that make it possible - the artists, professionals and spectators - hold dear.

"The Festival de Cannes invites all festival-goers to show their solidarity with the victims, their families and the British people by observing a minute's silence this Tuesday 23 May at 3pm. …

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