FILE – This May 7, 2018 file photo shows a view of the Palais des Festivals at the 71st Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. This year’s Cannes Film Festival will take place from July 6th to 17th – two months later than usual in May.



This picture, published by Amazon Studios, shows Adam Driver (left) and Marion Cotillard in a scene from “Annette”.



A Cannes (without kisses) to revive our romance with films

FILE – Spike Lee arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on February 9, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. Lee will serve as the jury president at this year’s Cannes Film Festival from July 6th to 17th – two months later than usual in May.



A Cannes (without kisses) to revive our romance with films

This picture, published by Searchlight Pictures, shows Bill Murray in a scene from “The French Dispatch”.



A Cannes (without kisses) to revive our romance with films

FILE – This May 7, 2018 file photo shows a view of the sea from the Croisette at the 71st Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. This year’s Cannes Film Festival will take place from July 6th to 17th – two months later than usual in May.



A Cannes (without kisses) to revive our romance with films

Festival Director Thierry Fremaux (left) and Festival President Pierre Lescure at the presentation of the official selection of the 74th Cannes International Film Festival in Paris on Thursday, June 3, 2021.

Film writer by JAKE COYLE AP

The Palais des Festivals, the central center of the Cannes Film Festival, a huge bulwark of cinema halls and immaculate cinema screens, is as close as possible to a cinema temple. To enter, you must climb red carpet steps.

But for the past 16 months, the Palais de Cannes hasn’t been home to the film frenzy it puts on annually. Last year’s festival was postponed and then canceled. Instead, the palace was lined with hospital beds for the first few months of the pandemic. Earlier this year it was converted into a mass vaccination “Vaccinodrome”.

On Tuesday, the Cannes Film Festival, which has been postponed from May to July, will finally open its doors for its 74th and perhaps most critical edition. Its famous red carpet is flooded with stars again. The screens are re-lit. And maybe the films will revive some of the romance and grandeur that slumbered in the last year of the pandemic.

“It’s kind of a pilgrimage or Mecca, and more so this year,” says Mark Cousins, the Scottish-based filmmaker whose The Story of Film: a New Generation premieres on Cannes Beach on opening day. In the Palais, Leos Carax, a director whose free-running fictions reflect real film dreams, makes his expected “Annette”, a musical with Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, making his debut.

The annual pressure to build Cannes, arguably the most famous film festival in the world and a global standard bearer for the big screen, is always enormous. The last Cannes, a good one, brought out Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite”, the winner of the Cannes Golden Palm, before it took the best picture at the Oscars.