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The new president of the Cannes Film Festival: “I did not want to offend Kubrick himself!”

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For the first time in the 75-year history of the Cannes Film Festival, its president will be Iris Knobloch. She is not a cultural worker, but a businesswoman, which is why she is accused of a conflict of interest. And, importantly, many believe that the head of the legendary French festival should be a French citizen, and she is German

The Cannes Film Festival was conceived in 1939 at the peak of Venice, held in Nazi Italy. But due to the beginning of the Second World War, the first film award ceremony was held only in 1946. This year the next – the 75th Cannes Film Festival will be held from 17 to 28 May. After that, the current president, Pierre Lescourt, will resign in a month, and Iris Knobloch will take office on July 1.

The president of the Cannes Film Festival is first and foremost his face for the media, officials and sponsors. Also, the president of the Cannes Film Festival is actively involved in shaping its budget (usually 20 million euros) and developing its strategy. And the first challenge for Knobloch here will be to decide what to do with the ban on participating in the Netflix competition.

Knobloch’s face is familiar to the industry – most of her life she worked at Warner Bros. But the prospect of Knobloch holding such powers is puzzling to some in the film industry. Partly due to Knobloch’s activity in business and, as a consequence, a possible conflict of interest.

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