The ongoing 70th Cannes Film Festival paused for a moment of silence to pay tribute and honour the victims of terror bombing attack which took place at Ariana Grande’s pop concert in Manchester.
The attack at Manchester which slayed 22 including children and youngsters, has submersed the world in dismay and sorrow; not leaving behind the glamourous Cannes Film Festival. Festival organisers, jury members and a number of film stars held a moment of silence at 3pm on Tuesday as a mark of respect for those who lost their lives at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on Monday night. The moment of silence was led by Thierry Fremaux, director of Cannes festival at the red carpet steps of Palais, the festival’s hub.
Fremaux said that the moment of silence expressed their solidarity with the deceased, the victims, their families and British people and also expressed their horror, anger and immense sadness. At the silence event, Fremaux said, “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.”
Apart from this, some events were cancelled or curtailed due to the blast and Disney cancelled the promotional event of Cars 3 on Tuesday. Cannes also cancelled all the fireworks which were planned to celebrate the 70th anniversary on Tuesday. The security measures were tightened and top-notch care is being taken to ensure that the high-profile star-studded mega even calls off safely. Cannes Mayor David Lisnard assured festival-goers that security measures were at their highest and that Cannes would continue to carry the universal message of culture, in a spirit of openness in the festival of peace.