Wednesday 20 September 2017

'Another attack on culture, youth and joyfulness' - Cannes Festival to hold minute silence in wake of Manchester attack

Nicole Kidman (L) and US actress Elle Fanning pose as they leave on May 21, 2017 following the screening of the film 'How to talk to Girls at Parties' at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
Nicole Kidman (L) and US actress Elle Fanning pose as they leave on May 21, 2017 following the screening of the film 'How to talk to Girls at Parties' at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
Dublin actor Barry Keoghan laughs with co-star Nicole Kidman on the red carpet for the screening of Irish film ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ at the Cannes Film Festival. Photo: Getty Images

Sasha Brady

The Cannes Film Festival will hold a minute's silence on its red carpet on Tuesday for the victims of the Manchester terror attack.

"At 3pm we will be at the top of the stairs to observe a minute of silence," Cannes chief Thierry Fremaux said.

He confirmed that a fireworks display planned to celebrate the festival's 70th anniversary on Wednesday night has also been cancelled following the Manchester terror attack, in which 22 people were killed and more than 50injured after an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert on Mondau night.

In a statement released on Tuesday morning, the festival said it "would like to express its horror, anger and immense sadness following the attack on the public and the city of Manchester last night.

Dublin actor Barry Keoghan laughs with co-star Nicole Kidman on the red carpet for the screening of Irish film ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ at the Cannes Film Festival. Photo: Getty Images
Dublin actor Barry Keoghan laughs with co-star Nicole Kidman on the red carpet for the screening of Irish film ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ at the Cannes Film Festival. Photo: Getty Images

It added: "This is yet another attack on culture, youth and joyfulness, on our freedom, generosity and tolerance, all things that the festival and those who 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, May 23 at 3pm."

A champagne reception that was to be held in Cannes to celebrate the premiere of Pixar's Cars 3 has also been cancelled following the deadly bombing in Manchester on Monday night.

The event was to be held in the Carlton Hotel but a statement from Pixar announced its cancellation.

"In the wake of last night's tragic attack, and out of respect for the casualties and all of those impacted, we are not moving forward with today's promotional activities," it said.

This year's festival has seen an increase in security measures following the terror attack in Nice ten months ago, which resulted in 86 deaths.

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